The Battle of the Old Dominion State

Throughout this 2012 contest, one of the crown jewels for both candidates has been the state of Virginia. When the state voted for President Obama in 2008, it was one of the biggest surprises, as it had not voted for a Democratic candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Throughout most recent weeks of the campaign, the state has remained extremely competitive as President Obama has maintained a one to two point lead over Governor Romney. (http://www.politico.com/p/2012-election/polls/president/virginia). Although the race for President has at points been tied and at points has had Governor Romney leading, the race for the vacant US Senate seat of retiring Democratic Senator James Webb has constantly favored the Democrat. The race between former Governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and former Republican  Governor and US Senator George Allen, one the most high profile in the country has not seemed to experience the same level of poll fluctuation, as Governor Kaine has remained ahead. As most remember from the 2006 election, then Senator Webb made a mistake that ended up costing him his seat when he called a Democratic tracker a “macaca”, presumably a racist term. Whether that still resonates with Virginia voters or the fond memories of Governor Kaine, the US Senate race is by far the one I will be caring about on November 6.

 

Dan Wolf

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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