Campaigns Square Off at Farmer’s Market
Democrats and Republicans staked out their ground Saturday at the City Farmer’s Market, with the GOP campaigners arriving early to claim the choice spot at the entrance on Park Street. Democrats, however, laid siege to multiple locations to even the score.
Virginia holds its state elections in the off-year after the presidential election. This year Dems are putting forward Creigh Deeds for Governor, Jody Wagner for Lieutenant Governor and Steve Shannon Attorney General. Republicans have nominated Robert McDonnell for Governor, Bill Bolling for Lieutenant Governor and Ken Cuchinelli for Attorney General.
The Governor’s race is a rematch of the 2005 Attorney General contest in which McDonnell defeated Deeds by 323 votes, the narrowest margin of victory in a state-wide race in Virginia history. Deeds carried heavily Democratic Falls Church in the party primary, defeating Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. McDonnell was nominated at the Republican state convention.
McDonnell leads Deeds in most polls, but Deeds has narrowed the margin considerably in recent weeks, with some polls showing a toss up. Deeds will have to overcome historical trends, however: not since 1973 has the Virginia gubernatorial candidate of the President’s party won the race.
By Stan Fendley, Falls Church City
October 3, 2009