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  •  Fairfax County (1+ / 0-)
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    macdust

    That's the baffling thing. So, classically, in large media markets like NoVa, paid media means more. It's just very difficult to grassroots your way into communicating with the ~2M people who live in NoVa. Now there's a large military community in NoVa (after all the Pentagon, Ft. Belvoir, and Quantico are located there). So, certainly, Webb benefitted somewhat from that vote, but I doubt it would have been enough to allow him to beat Miller 2:1 in Fairfax Co, Alexandria, Arlington Co, and Prince William Co.

    How did two-thirds of NoVa primary voters decide to vote for Webb when in all likelihood, they never received any direct communication from him either in person, through the mail, TV, or radio, and heard plenty about his opponent?

    •  Annoying Miller robocalls (3+ / 0-)
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      macdust, PaulVA, Harkov311

      Have you any idea how annoying it is to hear that man's voice on your answering machine?

      Besides, most folks in NoVA know Harris from the tech boom days.  People are no longer the enthusiastic boosters of the tech giants.  Steve Case, Michael Saylor, and the rest of the hot shots don't look so hot anymore.

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      by Hoya90 on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:43:43 PM PDT

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    •  Gestalt hive mind in NoVA... (1+ / 0-)
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      and Miller was branded an outsourcer/lobbyist par excellance?

      Watch for Allen to come out hard against Webb, right from the get-go.

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      by rgilly on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:47:50 PM PDT

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    •  NOVA voters are savvy (4+ / 0-)
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      and I don't say that to be self-congratulatory.  I mean that they are plugged into what is going on in politics and are very independent minded.  Add to that the fact that primary voters tend to be the political junkies among a group of sophisticated voters, and you get an election in which major media doesn't have that big a role.  Also, Miller spent so much time attacking Webb that he probably boosted Webb's name recognition and inspired some primary voters to go out (e.g. to the www)and find out more.  A whole lot of people, me included, saw (and see) Webb as a candidate who can beat Allen by drawing moderate Republicans back to our side.  Harris Miller struck me as a good man, but one that posed no serious chance of challenging Allen.  Let's hope we're right.

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      by catleigh on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 06:50:57 PM PDT

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      •  90,000 dKossers. (2+ / 0-)
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        Probably an unusually heavy concentration in VA.  Who knows, it could've made a difference.

        Is America finally suffering from Idiot Fatigue?

        by LarryInNYC on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 07:41:49 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know much about Miller, but... (2+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, Harkov311

        he is a traditional establishment Democrat & he smelled to me like a loser. I went with Webb. Sure, he's a pig in a poke, but he's combative, & that's what I want to see. If the Democratic nominee is going to lose, at least let him go down swinging.

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        by Shiborg on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:03:26 PM PDT

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    •  direct communication?? (1+ / 0-)
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      PaulVA

      How did two-thirds of NoVa primary voters decide to vote for Webb when in all likelihood, they never received any direct communication from him either in person, through the mail, TV, or radio, and heard plenty about his opponent?

      Webb blanketed NoVa.  He used direct mail aimed at primary voters and robo calls.  Media is expensive because they charge for the Maryland and DC population in the market.

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