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  •  Let's hope this gets heavy coverage in the (0+ / 0-)

    Richmond Times Dispatch, the Free Lance-Star in F'burg, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and all the other papers with high distribution in "lower" Va.

    We can carry Northern Virginia but if the rural areas don't get beaten over the heads with it like they did in 2006, this may not make the impact it should. Liberty U may fan out and convince the gullible that McDonnell was right and all of of our social ills emit from women "wanting" a career instead of staying at home and raising a brood like the Good Book instructs. Those voters outside NoVa, Richmond, Blacksburg and Charlottesville don't tend to show a high level of critical thinking skills when it comes to social issues. We should plan to counter the "Liberty U Think" because they have a lot of Republican misinformation to pick from to use to tear down  Deeds stance on the issues.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 11:44:54 AM PDT

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    •  I Live in a Rural Area (0+ / 0-)

      and sorry but we don't need to be beat over the head with it.  I think you believe that rural voters won't support Deeds but in reality McDonnell and his supporters have practically quit running against Deeds in Southwest Virginia.  I don't see any signs in my area for McDonnell and although until a few weeks ago I seen no Deed signs the ones that have popped up are the really big signs.  I see no McDonnell signs and I do travel a lot on main and back roads.  

      I still think some of you northern liberals think that their are no liberals in the rural areas but that is not true.  I looked at Virginia last election map when the state went Democratic for Obama.  Even though Southwest Virginia remained red many of the counties were closer than they had ever been.  Dickenson was evenly split, Buchanan and Russell were nearly split and in the old days that never would have happened.  We still have areas to work on like Lee, Scott, Wise, Washington, and Smyth.  However, even in those areas the old Republican base is being eroded.  (My personal opinion is that these counties are usually heavily influenced by Northeast Tennessee, because that is where many of the local stations come from, and many people have family ties in that area, which is heavily Republican.)  If you look at the Tennessee counties that boarder these Virginia counties you quickly realize that Lee, Scott, and Wise are quite liberal compared to their neighbors.  In Tennessee the counties bordering these Virginia counties never got over thirty percent and most weren’t even close.  Kentucky was pretty much the same story.  Look at the election map if you don't believe me.

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