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Toss another vote into the Chopra and Herring gullets.

I showed up a little after 10 AM and I think I saw one or maybe two other voters there.  This will NOT be a high turnout event in Alexandria, Virginia.

A likable thing about voting in a primary is that I don't need to worry too much about who will win, it will be a democrat.  Granted some democrats are better than others.

I'm a little crazy sometimes, I always worry that the pen they give me has ink that's transparent in infrared and the scanner will register me as a null vote.  I never bring the right technical equipment into the voting booth.


Who did you vote for in the Virginia Dem Primary?

7%3 votes
20%8 votes
20%8 votes
51%20 votes

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

    by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 11:39:13 AM PDT

  •  Alexandria voting (2+ / 0-)
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    Sharkmeister, JamieG from Md

    I vote in Alexandria too. But I have to admit I haven't been following these primary elections. Who are the farthest left candidates?

  •  I voted in Roanoke County today (3+ / 0-)

    a little after 11am.

    I was voter #12.

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    What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

    by Gordon20024 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:05:28 PM PDT

  •  I voted for Fairfax & Chopra. (3+ / 0-)

    It was an extremely hard decision because I really also like Ralph Northram and Mark Herring a lot too. I very much like all of them and agonized whom I would vote for.

    But I do feel that since all of the candidates are good, it will be great to help increase minority turn-out in Nov. if we have diversity on the ticket. It was minority turn-out that propelled us to victory here in Va. in 2012. This year, we are operating under a bad disadvantage of this election occurring in a non-presidential election year where low voter turn-out in Nov. helps the Teabaggers, etc. Again, for this reason, I voted for Justin Fairfax (who is African American) and Aneesh Chopra (Indian American) to help facilitate enthusiasm among minority voters to get themselves to the polls in Nov. The GOP has their "minority" guy, E.W. Jackson and at the least, we need to do this as well. The latest polls I saw revealed that all of the Democratic contenders are in tight races against the GOP nominees so nominating these folks will not "hurt" our chances of winning in Nov.

    ANOTHER big issue with me is that both Mark Herring and Ralph Northram are state senators. If they win the nominations and the general election, then we have to fight to save their senate seats which are otherwise safe. And the current state senate is 50-50 with the Lieutenant Gov. breaking any tie vote. So we need to maintain every senate seat we have so that we don't become the minority in the senate as well as the House of Delegates. But we'll see.

    If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

    by VirginiaBlue on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:17:15 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for sharing (3+ / 0-)

      Most of us know so little about these races that we can hardly agonize over who to pick.  I take refuge in the hope that whoever wins, these are all good democrats.  

      My boss suggested that Northam, being white, would have a better chance in Virginia, but Chopra has shown excellent fund raising numbers and money counts for a lot (probably too much).

      the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

      by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:27:00 PM PDT

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      •  I Just Want to Win in November. (3+ / 0-)

        It was an agonizing decision. I don't know what is "best"; I just know that turn-out is the key and we have to get voters enthusiastic in an off-presidential election year. Hopefully, we will succeed. If we can get Dems to the polls this year like we did last year, we will win. In fact, we will sweep the ticket. However, if turn-out is low, then the Teabaggers will sweep the ticket like they did before.

        We cannot afford that.

        Thanks for your posting on this.

        If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

        by VirginiaBlue on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:21:41 PM PDT

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        •  I HATE mid-term elections. For some reason, many (3+ / 0-)

          people just do not understand how crucial it is to vote in the off-years in order to maintain and sustain progress realized in the presidential election years.

          I've tried so hard to get my family members and friends motivated to participate regularly.  They pretty much just give a collective yawn and "humor" my weird fascination with politics...while not even thinking about bestirring themselves to go to the polls.  After all, "those politicians are ALL crooks, y'know".  

          Then, they complain about the rightwing nutjobs who get elected and decide all their economic problems are the  "guvmint's" fault.  And who is the "guvmint"?  Obama, of course!

  •  very low turnout (4+ / 0-)

    at 8 am I was the only voter.  And when I finished, there was still no voter waiting.  I think they said I was the 8th voter since the polls had opened.

  •  I voted Northam-Herring-Boysko (4+ / 0-)

    Mark Herring used to be my state senator and he's a good guy.  I like Anesh Chopra and originally planned to vote for him, but whereas I received five pieces of mail from Northam's campaign, explaining his stand on the issues, I received none at all from Chopra.  Northam has already defended women's rights in Richmond and as Lt. Governor would be able to cast a crucial tie-breaking vote.

    I have been putting in a few hours a week on Jennifer's campaign for a month or more--hoping she'll win today's primary so I can keep on until November.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:03:29 PM PDT

  •  My husband and I were nos. 77 and 78 at the (4+ / 0-)

    Fox Mill precinct at 11 a.m.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:04:58 PM PDT

  •  I voted Northam/Herring in Reston n/t (3+ / 0-)
  •  Getting ready to go to my precinct and still (4+ / 0-)

    agonizing over this decision.  All seem to be well-qualified Dem candidates (as far as I can ascertain), promoting policies that I value.  

    If anyone can give me a bit more reason to vote for one candidate over the other in the next few minutes, I'm definitely willing to consider suggestions.

    Otherwise, guess I'll just...choose...once I get there.

  •  Thanks for posting this. I was hoping someone (4+ / 0-)

    would address our Virginia primary election today.


  •  Hey Sharkmeister - I enjoyed or dKos chess game (1+ / 0-)
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    in the Semifinal round despite my blunder at the end.

    Liveblogged here

    I saw the selfmate, but somehow transposed moves; at that point, there was a forced draw.  

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:45:08 PM PDT

    •  I was crazy lucky in that game... (1+ / 0-)
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      But truth is I was pretty lucky throughout my tourney days too, often winning after having a lost position.

      Lately all I do is play the crazyhouse variant on FICS, though I get on ICC to see what Nakamura, Carlsen, Kramnik, Anand, etc. are playing in their tournaments.  

      The Tal Memorial starts tomorrow, it should be an interesting tourney.  

      BTW, that Norway tournament which was clearly intended to showcase mighty Magnus, wound up showcasing Karjakin instead.  That often happens in chess.

      the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

      by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:00:01 PM PDT

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      •  I'm about 300 points stronger in the Dragon (1+ / 0-)
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        than overall, but I hadn't played a tournament since the mid 1990s, and it caught up to me.

        Thanks for the headsup on current GM tournaments - I'll look for them online.  I'm looking forward to the Anand -Carlsen match which IIRC will be in November.

        I bought a bunch of chess books recently, including one on the Meran, in anticipation of that match, but I suppose Anand will play something completely different.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:13:51 PM PDT

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        •  When I was younger, NOBODY played the slav... (1+ / 0-)
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          It was all Nimzo-indians, grunfelds, kings indians and benonis.  The closest you would see to a slav was a QGD and those were rare.

          I have always found it fun to analyze Najdorf Sicilians, both with and without books.  I have to say I'm intimidated a little by the modern Najdorf English attack lines with opposite wing castling but that is largely because I never studied the theory on those.  The Be3 lines are more natural for me.

          I wonder what surprises Carlsen and Anand are cooking up for each other, though it has to be said Carlsen wins a LOT without any opening novelties.

          I like Carlsen and expect he will beat Anand.  I will root for him, and also Nakamura, Aronian, Topalov and others.  Caruana and Karjakin both keep getting stronger, I wonder if they will grow strong enough to beat Carlsen.

          the Clear Light is the consciousness of the quantum vacuum

          by Sharkmeister on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:11:06 PM PDT

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  •  Voted in a red area (2+ / 0-)
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    Sharkmeister, JamieG from Md

    I went to the polls  at 7:45 - was the first one there with no one else around.  The three poll workers had been there since 6:00. Drove by about 10:30 and the only cars there were the poll workers'.  Gee, if I was the only one who voted, they'll know who I voted for :)  

  •  Well, it appears that w/97% of precincts reporting (2+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, Sharkmeister

    Northam and Herring are prevailing according to the unofficial results posted at the Virginia Board of Elections website.  

    Northam has a pretty comfortable lead (54.7% to Chopra's 47.3%), but Herring is leading with a much slimmer margin against Fairfax (51.06%-48.94%), so I guess it is possible that Fairfax could still prevail.  

    2460 of 2534 precincts have reported.

    Best of luck to the winners and the fight against the Teapublicans goes on.

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