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  •  Absolutely! (1+ / 0-)
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    When some contacts became worried with the fairly good sized and growing McCain leads early I looked at where they were coming from and who had not reported. When the rural counties and expected McCain areas had about tapped out and Alexandria, Arlington and, most of all, Farifax were still out I just grinned. The "big dogs" hadn't barked and I was sure they were going Obama.

    Plurality. Take a look at Fairfax:

    Obama-310,041
    McCain-200,819

    I make that a 109,222 plurality to offset whole blocks of McCain counties elsewhere in the state. Under our Electoral College system that is hugely important.

    When such chunks as Tidewater and Loudon and even "anti immigrant" Prince William came through McCain was toast. If I recall correctly the bar chart at the State Board of Electitons switched from red lead to blue lead when Alexandria came in at 50,415 to 19,140 lead for Obama. That was about the end of the red bar leading. The rest was gravy, but we can never let up on that and need to always run up the leads with strong GOTV.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 07:11:57 PM PST

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    •  ALL of Prince William. (0+ / 0-)

      And also Manassas and Manassas Park, for God's sake.  That was a shocker for me.

      •  Me too. Wonder if that will carry over to local (0+ / 0-)

        elections. The organization for this one was superb. It would be a terrible shame to let it rust and not use it again and again. All politics is local and that organization needs to work at all levels, every election.

        We also need these big pluralities in the more urban areas to always provide a cushion in case progress in the red counties isn't as quick as one might hope. Voters in places like Fairfax, Alexandria, Norfolk and all those other blue places need to turn out for all statewide races to be the engine that pulls the train regardless of how the rural areas go.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 07:40:01 PM PST

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      •  Loudoun is always the shocker for me (1+ / 0-)
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        Having grown up and gone to school there, having watched the N-word being bantered about as a kid, having watched my mother fight with fundamentalists at county library board meetings, having had some absolutely loathsome republican neighbors, and having watched the Democrats repeatedly go down in flames there, the notion of Obama winning there still borders on a non-sequitur.

        It's been a long time coming But I know a change is gonna come. Sam Cooke

        by walter mitty on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 07:42:54 PM PST

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