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I'll let the folks at Raising Kaine address this one, in this well-written post:

Vote for Tim Kaine and against George Bush today!

For months we've been telling you why to vote for Tim Kaine and against Jerry Kilgore. On the latter point, I have explained some of the most important reasons why progressives, moderates and "normal Republicans" needed to turn out en masse to vote against Kilgore - he's the Bush/Rove/DeLay placeholder in Virginia. In other words, Kilgore another arm of the radical right.

Here's another reason that anti-Bush Virginians (and that's the majority of us, by the way) should vote Tim Kaine today - it's a great way to send George W. Bush a message:

President George W. Bush was due to address a crowd of several thousand on Monday night in Richmond at what was optimistically dubbed a "Virginia Victory Rally," ahead of Tuesday's vote in the tight gubernatorial race.

Mr Bush's ability to mobilise the republican grassroots could play a key role in electing Jerry Kilgore, the Republican candidate, who has watched his double-digit lead shrink to zero. Yet the president's decision to attend also carries a risk for both men, threatening to make the Virginia election a referendum on Mr Bush's diminishing political and electoral appeal.

There is clearly concern among Republicans and the White House over the prospect that both of the two governors' races Tuesday - in Virginia and New Jersey - could be lost. That would add to fears about prospects for 2006 and reinforce the instincts of candidates to distance themselves from a president whose ratings have fallen to 39 per cent.

In other words, this election could be a death blow to the Bush/Rove/DeLay machine. This could be the start of a landslide electoral mandate for change and reform in 2006 and 2008.

Perhaps Karl Rove thinks that his client, George W. Bush, can still swoop in at the eleventh hour and mobilize his ultra-right-wing "base" (whatever's left of it) sufficiently to win close races in supposed "red" states. Well, forget it, Karl. Today, we're all going to show you that, mid-way through "Dubya's" disastrous second term, he simply doesn't have that power anymore. In fact, Bush's "diminishing political and electoral appeal" is more than diminishing - it's positively radioactive!

So, please vote for Tim Kaine today. It's not just a vote to continue Mark Warner's policies another 4 years. It's not just a vote for Virginia's future. It's also a vote against the politics of division, cronyism, and fake robo-calls (another yesterday afternoon on abortion, by the way!) as practiced by Jerry W. Kilgore and George W. Bush. Thank you.

P.S. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to locate your polling place.

Originally posted to VirginiaDem on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 05:56 AM PST.


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  •  Recommend and spread (4.00)
    I don't usually ask - but it is an important day for us Virginians.

    More importantly, a cut & paste of this message to your Virginia friends and family could be useful.

    •  So Virginia has (none)
      a voter ID requirement on Election Day? Here's from a TV report from the Delmarva area.  Do people end up being sent away or voting provisionally??

      The comment linked to is part of another Virginia open thread someone posted earlier.

      •  Virginia (none)
        requires ID but you can sign an affidavit saying you are who you say you are. They also use provisional ballots just in case.
      •  Sort of... (none)
        The state issues you a voter registration card that lists your address and voting location. There's no other info on it. It, alone, is sufficient to prove you are who you say you are, so long as you can recite the address on the card & that it matches the rolls at the precinct.

        Virginia Voter Registration is available online and at the DMV and does not include any ability or requirement to declare party affiliation.

        A voice of objective reason in the partisan din of the U.S. National Security community.

        by mustang dvs on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 10:03:49 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  As a Virginian in exile... (none)
      ... in the cold state of New York, I'm pulling for you.  Another Democratic Governor in Virginia would be wonderful.

      The Baptist Death Ray (bdr[at]baptistdeathray[dot]com)
      "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
      - Edward Young

      by The Baptist Death Ray on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:27:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  W. may have Done Jerry K. in (none)
      I mean holky crap I didn;t think people even thlked like this anymore, but alk about Damning with Faint praise

      Kaine's Republican challenger, Jerry Kilgore, got a boost Monday from     President Bush, who made a last-minute dash into Virginia to urge die-hard conservatives to help turn out voters for the former attorney general.

      "The thing I like about this fellow is he grew up on a farm," Bush said in a brief stop on his return from a South American trade mission. "He doesn't have a lot of fancy airs."

      Good Lord, the Man wants to be the executive of an entire state and the best qaulification that W can come up with is "he doesn't have a lot of Fancy AIRS!"?

      I'm not sure is that speaks more to the faculties of the Speaker or his subject however...

      Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

      by Magorn on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:10:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Just two good ol' boys, (none)
        Just two good ol' boys
        Never meanin' no harm
        Beat all you never saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born

        Straight'nin' the curve,
        Flat'nin' the hills.
        Someday the moutain might get 'em, but the law never will.

        Makin' their way,
        The only way they know how,
        That's just a little bit more than the law will allow.

        Just two good ol' boys,
        Wouldn't change if they could,
        [Workin'] the system like a true modern day Robin Hood..

  •  Recommended ... (none)
    suggestion: add VA-GOV to the subject line.
  •  just voted (none)
    Ahhh. I voted this morning at about 7am. Now i feel clean again, unless i find out Kilgore won.
  •  And volunteer if you have time today (4.00)
    If you can do anything - drive people to the polls, hand out sample ballots, whatever - then please do what you can.  Every volunteer matters.
  •  Let's hope the GOP doesn't suppress (none)
    the vote too much.

    "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

    by Steven D on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:12:46 AM PST

  •  There are (none)
    other diaries here today which articulate the complete lack of presence, for want of a better word, that Bush AND his party now have.  If Kaine is beaten, and I think the polling internals are excellent, we must not let it be a No. 04 moment.  Everything the progressives are fighting for is NOT dependent on this governor's election.

    the meek shall inherit the earth

    by Howaboutthetruth on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:20:23 AM PST

    •  Obviously excellent for a Kaine victory (none)

      the meek shall inherit the earth

      by Howaboutthetruth on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:21:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  i'm not sure i agree (none)
      I'm not sure why you don't think that. Kaine may not be the absolute perfect candidate, but no one is.

      I think what the Democrats are fighting for IS dependent on this election. Not that we can't fix whatever gets broken. But winning this election is crucial to gaining momentum.

      •  No it's not. (none)
        It is important but we will survive if we lose. Kilgore would be a disater.  We are building for a huge tipping point, if it comes today - great. If it does not come today it will just be bigger inthe future.  The hard right pro life/anti-gay agenda is finally losing traction, the Terry Schiavo debacle was the turning point there, we will prevail.  I am no longer desperate, I am now confident. Yes, there are many battles to fought but I believe we have turned the corner - Bush is now the embodiment of empty rhetoric and his party will suffer for it.

        the meek shall inherit the earth

        by Howaboutthetruth on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:46:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ohhh (pain in stomach) (none)
          I know you're talking nationally, but I couldn't take it if Kilgore won. I mean, Gilmore was so bad. So, so bad.
          •  yes, please... (none)
            spare us another Gilmore! Blech! He ran the state into the ground, just like Bush and his buddies are running the Fed into the ground.

            One thing about Kaine? If they call me one more time, sheesh, are they dense? I told a real live human from the Kaine campaign who telemarketed a few weeks ago that I'm voting for Kaine, but I still keep getting these robo-calls telling me to vote for him and why. Its really quite annoying. Last night we got THREE calls. I realize they want people to vote and vote for Kaine, but OTOH I imagine they're also pissing some people off with the full court telemarketing press. Im a dedicated voter since I was 18, I'll be there, wouldja just stop calling! :)

  •  Voting was kinda low... (none)

    But I voted at 9pm and it seemed pretty solidly democratic..But nothing like the 2004 election in terms of turnout..and this IS a depenedable democratic district in NOVA.  So no idea what it means for the state elections.  Except that turnout is pretty slow in the morning today.

    Dr. Dean...Paging Dr. Dean...he's not on-call you say...then get me DR. MATT!! STAT!!!

    by doctormatt06 on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:27:58 AM PST

    •  headquarters? (none)

      Have you been involved in your local Democratic headquarters this year? If not, give them a call. I PROMISE they will have something you can help them with.

      •  I worked the polls (none)
        I was the early crew, got us young guys out early so that the old'uns could get some rest and work during the afternoon.

        Nice day though...And my local is well we're good.

        Dr. Dean...Paging Dr. Dean...he's not on-call you say...then get me DR. MATT!! STAT!!!

        by doctormatt06 on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:38:01 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  In my experience (none)
      I live in a heavily Democratic part of Massachusetts, in a city-turned-bedroom-suburb, and all the young professionals come out to vote after work. "Our vote" is 5:00 to closing time.
    •  Well yeah, the polls didn't open until 6:00 today (none)
      I mean of course the polls would be empty 9:00 pm last night </snark>
      •  Oh yeesh.. (none)
        Give a young college man a break, on not being able to type ledgibly in the morning and knowing the difference between AM and PM...


        Oh and I forgot to say..

        No republican people came to work our poll station this year...strange...have they abandoned NoVa???

        Dr. Dean...Paging Dr. Dean...he's not on-call you say...then get me DR. MATT!! STAT!!!

        by doctormatt06 on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:34:28 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I think they have abandoned NOVA (none)
          There are many reports of no Republicans out at polling stations in No. VA.  In Arlington it makes sense, because the Republicans didn't put up anyone to run against our state delegates (trying to suppress voter turnout) so no sense in putting effort to get Kilgore, et al elected in Arlington.
          •  Maybe Arlington/Alexandria but they're in Fairfax (none)
            There were Mason folks at my precinct and I'm sure they were at my parents' precinct too.  I bet there were GOPer at many of the Replublican leaning precincts in Fairfax and the outter counties.
          •  No Kilgore Support at My Precinct (none)
            When I showed up to the poll there was a supporter of Randy Gilliland (the Democrat in Independent clothing) and Tom Gear (both candidates for delegate(Gear was a Democrat that switched parties(the fucker)a few years ago)).  There was no one there for Kilgore.  For Kaine there was a young guy with no social skills who mumbled something unintelligible in response to me saying "it's nice to see a friendly face around here".  Poquoson (where i live) went for bush in the last election at about 4.5:1 to Kerry's votes.
  •  Watch the exit polls (none)
    I feel a 2004 redux coming on, dead heat election, a few e-votes switching or being added at the end of day just to give a close victory.  Of course, under the guise, that Bush got the "base" to turnout in numbers.  Give me a break.

    Are we going to repeat our mistakes and let history repeat itself? or what?   The Kos community has to raise money so we can do our own exit polls done by an openly independent company, that's the only we can be sure that there is no fraud, esp. with the advent of e-voting. And even if there is a paper trail.  Don't ever trust Partisan officals in charge of counting the votes (esp. Republican ones).  Again, Look at the exit polls.

    •  Having the same feelings... (none)
      I grew up in Mexico when electoral fraud was an institution. Ever since the SC annointed Bush president, I can't stop thinking that they are and will do it again.

      Fraud in electronic machines would be so easy to do, and we know that Republicans are willing to do so.

      Does Virginia have a paper trail? If not, we must get the ball rolling to have get a law that requires it.

  •  Northern Fairfax County Voter (none)
    I got to my polling place at 5:57 a.m. & was 15th in line.  Once the polls opened, it took about 5 minutes total to get in and out.

    I expect it will be heavy this morning as people stop to vote on their way to work and this evening as commuters head home.  

    I hope Kaine pulls a win today.  

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:43:58 AM PST

  •  no exit polling (none)
    i don`t  think they are going to be having any exit polling in will probably under 50% turnout , off year elections don`t excite people.the busiest time for voting will probably be after people get off work.not feeling all that confident because the gop always seem to do better than they poll.if kilgore wins it`s really will be a shame for the state,they will have right wingers as gov, and ag for sure, plus this would be a big plus for bush.        
  •  i voted! (mount vernon district) (none)
    My polling place is in our apartment complex, in the ground floor of my building.  I was in there about 7:45 this morning and was 99th to vote.  Saw one Kaine table outside the polling place, and another for a Democratic Legal Team to help voters with any issues they might have; nothing but signs for Kilgore.

    I called Virginians for Jerry Kilgore last night to complain about the "Democrat and Progressive" voter guide flyer; the guy couldn't seem to answer why Jerry Kilgore would send out a flyer urging people to vote for (one of) his opponents, and of course there was nobody there who could talk to me about it.

    I ended the call with "please tell Mr. Kilgore that I wish the best of luck to his opponents tomorrow" and the Republifreak hung up on me.

    But yeah; proudly sporting my sticker today.  Go Kaine!

    I voted for Kerry and all I got was this stupid President.

    by grrtigger on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:53:07 AM PST

  •  JESUS! (none)
    I know why we keep losing - you guys are incapable of believing we will win!


    the meek shall inherit the earth

    by Howaboutthetruth on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 06:53:45 AM PST

    •  I can't get my hopes up (none)
      Last year's defeat took me weeks to get over.  I can't go through that same disappointment again - it would kill me.
      •  Agree (none)
        If Kilgore wins even after it has become this obvious how vile the Republicans are, I think I'll almost have to conclude that they are invincible.

        Why are so many Americans so eager to reward incompetence and criminal malfeasance?

        "Tomorrow's child is the only child." --Dead Can Dance

        by asskicking annie on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:54:34 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  on the other hand (none)

          there's the Blunt-Daniels-Fletcher-Benson principle out there: all those states recently voted in a new hardcore Republican with grand hurrah after a passe variety of moderate Democrat left office.  Benson (elected in '02) took a year to tank all the Republican joy and was defeated by a Democrat last year.  The others (elected in '04) were losing their voters by this summer.

          A silver lining to a Kilgore election victory and the idiocy that follows might be Democrats taking over the Virginia legislature in force in two years.

          Renewal, not mere Reform.

          by killjoy on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 09:34:58 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Or that they commit fraud in close elections (none)
          It is too hard for me to believe that Republicans would always do better than how they do in polls and exit polls.

          It seems that every election there are many cases deception or outright fraud committed by Republicans across the nation. Even at Catholic University in DC Young Republicans were committing electoral deception; in the District of Columbia!

          This morning NPR was warning voters not to follow some bogus election notices telling people that the polls had move to another address.

          Has anyone heard about this?

  •  It's easy. (none)
      Kilgore is a really bad candidate.  I can smell his stink all the way up here in central Pennsylvania.  He seems to pack all the bad aspects of a Republican candidate into one otherwise empty vessel.  I really think he would be a terrible governor.  Some Republicans have really bad policies - Kilgore would be incompetent on top of that.  Gilmore-esque, if you will.  Kaine, however, is a very good candidate.  A very good moderate/conservative trustworthy, down-to-earth Virginia Democrat.  Why some many words?  (Kidding)
  •  Just Spoke With A Client (none)
    And although she generally views herself as a Republican, I just talked her into voting for Tim Kaine for Governor based on Jerry Kilgore's platform of widening Route 66.  

    Her Virginia delegate is Bob Brink, who is running unopposed so she will vote for him, too.  It looks like her State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple is not up for re-election this year.

  •  I voted in Arlington (none)
    I got there at 8:30, and was number 112. There was no line, but a steady stream of people.
  •  No Gooper in sight. (none)
    I voted this AM at Bailey's Elementary in Falls Church and there was nary a GOOOPER in sight, but a nice young man handed me a Democratic sample ballot.

    Kilgore must have given up on us NoVa reality based voters.

    You only regret the things you don't do.

    by DailyLife on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 07:11:50 AM PST

  •  Voted in Alexandria (none)
    ...for Kaine, of course. There was no line at 8:45 AM, but all voting booths were filled.  Here's hoping Kaine pulls this off and no election chicanery takes place (stupid Eslate machines).
  •  Sen. Warner is at least 75, A Dem Gov may appoint (none)
    A replacement - who can run for re-election as an incumbent. Gov's count for more than state law - redistricting and Senatorial appointments are important also..
  •  I voted in Loudoun county (none)
    I just got back from voting (I work graveyard shift) and usually I am the only one there. The polling place was braced for a big turnout because they were in a big room. For 10am it was really big, I would say 15 people. I also saw one Democrat person handing out flyers which happens to be the only one I have seen at that polling place for 6 years.  That for me was a really good sign.
  •  Voting in Catharpin/Bull Run (none)
    Was in there at about 10:15, voting fairly light. I take that as a pretty good sign, as my area is about 90% Republican. None of my Republican neighbors seemed very enthusiastic about Kilgore, and a couple said they wouldnt even vote this time around. Bruce Roemmelt was out on the sidewalk at Bull Run Middle School asking people for their for votes as they walked in.
    •  Go Bruce!!! (none)
      I kicked him some cash early on and he left the best voicemail on my phone thanking me for my meager donation.  I don't live in his district, but I hope he wins.
      •  Same here (none)
        I don't live in his district but contributed small amounts of cash to his campaign.  Each time I contributed he would call me and sent a hand written thank you note. Bruce is an excellent candidate and has great cross over appeal in his area.  
        Haymarket is an outer burb that is rapidly changing.  It can become dem if someone like Bruce gets elected and starts the tides turning.  

        Arlington, Virginia

        by ScienceMom on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 08:30:49 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Whatever happens (none)
    Only one year until the big one...Find your state Democratic Party on the web and find out what you can start doing now.  Help Howard build the infrastructure to overturn even the pernicious effects of political gerrymandering.
  •  Voted at Oakton High School near Vienna metro (none)
    at about 7:30 today. All the campaigners/sign-holders were Democrats, but the signs outside the high school were overwhelmingly kill-gory. (I saw a Kilgore sign that had been posted OVER a Kaine sign, grr)!

    No paper trail in Oakton :-(

  •  Weather: (none)
    Down here in Harrisonburg, there is a light rain, and I believe in most of Central Virginia it is either raining or cloudy.  Same goes for Southwest Virginia.

    NOVA and Richmond are both sunny and not too cold.  I would say that is a big plus for Kaine.

    BTW, voted by absentee ballot for Kaine, Deeds, Byrne, and Eisenberg.  Also, my roommate is voting in his first election, and voted for Kaine.  I am feeling cautiously optimistic.  I just don't want to be let down like last year.

  •  Northern Virginia (none)
    At 8:15 this morning I was the 145th voter at my precinct on the Arlinton/McLean line. There were four people ahead of me.  When I went  up to the machine I told the lady at the booths " i just want to tell someone that I am not comfortable voting on an electronic machine with no way to verify that my vote was actually counted or counted properly".  I then said " i bet you have been hearing that a lot".  She looked shocked and said "no...actually these are wonderful voting machines and there is a paper roll inside that keeps track of all the votes".  If I could see the paper vote being recorded that would be one thing but I simply do not trust the electronic voting machines.  I know my husband voiced that same concerns an hour before I did.  
  •  va republicans discouraged (none)
    As I posted in the open thread earlier my wife, a conservative, voted for kaine this time.  kilgore's negative campaign turned her off too much to support him.

    over at redstate, they are not exactly thrilled with kilgore, either.  Here's a sample:

    I voted the ticket in VA too, but I wasn't really enthusiastic.  If there are a lot more people like me, it doesn't bode well for Kilgore.  Frankly, some of his ads were over the top (as were some of Kaines).  

    KAINE WILL WIN TODAY!  (sorry, i gotta shout)

  •  Good luck (none)
    to everyone from VA!

    I'm too disgusted right now to think of a sig.

    by Ga6thDem on Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 08:28:11 AM PST

  •  I voted in Woodbridge (Prince William Co.) (none)
    Bad news: electronic voting for the first time ever. Aarrrrgh!!! I told anyone who would listen that I was concerned about hanky-panky with the results. Didn't notice if it was a Diebold machine.

    Good news: a couple of young men were handing out sample ballots to vote Democratic. Never, ever, in my 11 years in this area have I seen Dems at polling places--only Republicans. I told them how happy and grateful I was to see only Dems there, and gladly took a sample ballot to keep for posterity (Kaine win = body blow to Bush and the entire GOP cabal in Va.)

  •  Fuck the message to Bush (none)
    We, the Virginia voters, actually live in Virginia. Having a Democratic governor is the only hope of restraining the mad dogs in the legislature. Of course keeping the leadership at least a little blue is the most important thing.
  •  I'm in Virginia (none)
    and just now got back from voting Dem down the line. I live in a small town though and this is the first time they've done away with the old fashioned punch card voting booths.

    Let's just hope it's not up to Diebold now.

  •  from my little corner of rural Virginia (none)
    election day ramblings:

    I voted around 10:30; was the 216th person voting today. I peeked and my wife--who went before work--was 67th. Was glad she made it to the polls. Our first child is due in about a week. I made her "promise" to hold out until at least today.

    There was a Kilgore presence at the location.

    Second time they've had touch screens at the site. For whatever reason, they've gotten more obtuse machines since the last election. I thought they were a pain. And I work a lot with computers for a living. If I don't like such technology  . . .

    Go Kaine!

    Kilgore is a weasel

  •  No wait in Herndon (Fairfax Cty) at 7:45 a.m. (none)
    The bad news: electronic touch screen voting with no paper trail; and no Dem to vote for, for delegate.  I left it blank.  The machine complained, but finally let me cast the ballot.

    The good news: a co-worker who voted for Bush last year walked in and handed me the Dems' sample ballot and a copy of the pro-Kaine Wash. Post editorial, said he voted straight ticket.

    I hope it's not a long night...

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