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Voter turnout expected to be low for Virginia's primary
WDBJ ^ | March 5, 2012 | Justin McLeod

Posted on 03/05/2012 1:49:12 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

ROANOKE CO, Va.— Tomorrow is Super Tuesday

Ten states including Virginia will head to the polls to choose a candidate for the Republican nomination.

Virginia's primary has been low key.

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only two candidates on the ballot in Virginia.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich failed to qualify because they didn't get enough signatures.

As a result, none of the candidates have made campaign stops in Virginia and have spent very little on political ads.

Ed Lynch is a political science professor at Hollins University. He admits Republican voters aren't energized for the primary.

"We could have had three or four candidates this past weekend talking in downtown Roanoke but they didn't get the petitions signed," said Lynch.

The Roanoke County Registrar is expecting voter turnout to be between 7 & 10%.

"I looked back at primaries that we had before and in '08 at that time we h ad the Democratic and Republican primary and we had 27.6% turnout then," said Judy Stokes.

Stokes believes Tuesday's primary will be so slow, she's stationing fewer workers at the polls.

If you are planning to vote Tuesday, the polls open at 6 A.M. They close at 7 P.M.

Virginia's primary is open to both Democrats and Republicans. All you have to be is a registered voter in Virginia.

In a primary, you can't write in a candidate on the ballot.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gope; supertuesday; va2012; vagopprimary

1 posted on 03/05/2012 1:49:15 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Here is your choice in Va: Mitt Romney.

Great day to be an American eh? :)


2 posted on 03/05/2012 1:50:23 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce
I am going to vote against Eric Cantor( I live in his district) and for Jamie Radtke for Senate. Love voting against Cantor. Too bad I can't vote for Newt....
3 posted on 03/05/2012 1:55:08 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Tzimisce

I am going to vote for Ron Paul in hopes mitt loses VA paul


4 posted on 03/05/2012 1:55:56 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Tzimisce

Vote for Ron Paul. He won’t win the nomination anyway, and you’ll be keeping the delegates from Romney.


5 posted on 03/05/2012 1:56:07 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

every conservative in VA should vote for Ru Paul.


6 posted on 03/05/2012 1:56:21 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: Tzimisce

Virginian Voters should vote for Ron Paul as a protest vote. Low turnout could actually help make Romney look like the petulant fool that he is, keeping Newt and Santorum off the ballot.

Go Newt!


7 posted on 03/05/2012 1:56:30 PM PST by Bizhvywt
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To: Tzimisce

Ah, no, that’s not quite right. The choice in VA is Romney OR Paul. You may see enough of a protest vote (that being for Paul) that Romney may not get ‘winner-take-all’ on the delegates. It would be a poke in the eye for Romney & the good-old-boy-GOP-elite political machine. One can always hope.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 1:57:15 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: central_va

How does it look for Radtke over Allen?


9 posted on 03/05/2012 1:58:39 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Holding my nose and voting for Roach Paul.


10 posted on 03/05/2012 1:58:49 PM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Holding my nose and voting for Roach Paul.Yuk!


11 posted on 03/05/2012 1:58:59 PM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Low voter turnout may help Paul get a few delegates. The polls are showing it as a run away but if the voters don’t show and Paul gets his brigade working he may change the results.


12 posted on 03/05/2012 2:04:29 PM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: xzins

I’m a Virginia....and voting for Ron Paul tomorrow. I can’t stand the guy, but this joke of a primary rigged up by the state Republican party does a dis-service to everyone in the state. My humble guess is that Ron Paul might pull fifty percent of the vote tomorrow. Mitt might pick up a lot of votes here in the Arlington region, but in the southern part of the state...it’s going to be Ron Paul’s votes.


13 posted on 03/05/2012 2:16:08 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Tzimisce

Absolutely not. The choice is Ron Paul. Anyone against Romney in VA should vote Paul. It’s the clearest signal possible.


14 posted on 03/05/2012 2:16:13 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Live in Virginia? Vote for Ron Paul; at least it will embarass the establishment-R, and may give Ron Paul an opening to actually attack Romney!


15 posted on 03/05/2012 2:19:15 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s good to hear Freepers voting correctly. Now if Rick and Noot would drop out nationally, we could nominate the only candidate who will end deficit spending and stop the encroachment of federal power into the lives of the citizens.

I hope RP wins big


16 posted on 03/05/2012 2:28:43 PM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: noprogs
...Noot...

You fit the RP profile.

17 posted on 03/05/2012 2:35:28 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: newzjunkey

If I was voting in VA tomorrow, I’d show my anger at the pols and courts for this debacle - EVERY primary where a write-in is allowed, I’d vote Newt Gingrich. Then, for president, I’d vote Paul. Couldn’t be a more plain message.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 2:36:09 PM PST by C210N
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Of course, I’m voting tomorrow and I’m voting against Mitt Romney.


19 posted on 03/05/2012 2:59:38 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: tirednvirginia

Now you just need to get your friends out to do the same thing!


20 posted on 03/05/2012 3:03:14 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: C210N

I’ll vote for Paul tomorrow and Romney in the General. Just to let the establishment know that we ain’t happy campers.

TC


21 posted on 03/05/2012 3:03:51 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: blueyon

Only the presidential primary is tomorrow.


22 posted on 03/05/2012 3:04:03 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If true, it’s probably because so many are voting by absentee ballot.


23 posted on 03/05/2012 7:01:55 PM PST by Constitution1st (Never, never, never quit - Winston Churchill)
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To: MissMagnolia

VA is winner-take-all on the CD delegates (33 up for grabs) and proportional on the at large (13 up for grabs). If Paul wins 60-40 say, he could take 41 delegates to Romney’s 5. Three other delegates are uncommitted super delegates. I’d vote Paul in VA even though I’m a Santorum guy.

May not matter in the end. I’ll bet Paul hands Romney his delegates at the convention after Romney pays Paul’s price for them.


24 posted on 03/05/2012 7:04:38 PM PST by Walvoord
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To: Walvoord

Every Santorum or Newt person I know is voting Paul .... see if we can shake things up a little bit. :-)


25 posted on 03/05/2012 10:14:57 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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