Campaigns Square Off at Farmer’s Market

Bruce Swenson and Mark Kaye man the Republian table at the entrance to the Falls Church Farmer's Market on Saturday.  (Click photo for larger view.)

Bruce Swenson and Mark Kaye man the Republian table at the entrance to the Falls Church Farmer's Market on Saturday. (Click photo for larger view.)

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.

Debra Roth and Susan Pollack campaign for Democrats on the sidewalk at the Farmer's Market, a stone's throw from the GOP table.

Debra Roth and Susan Pollack campaign for Democrats a stone's throw from the GOP table.

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.

Susanna Houston touts her candidates at an opposite corner from her Democratic colleagues.

Susanna Houston touts her candidates at an opposite corner from her Democratic colleagues.

Most visitors, however, choose shopping over politics on a sunny morning.

Most visitors, however, choose shopping over politics on a sunny morning...

and Ric Sweeney plays guitar as Zane and Emily Roske watch and listen.

and Zane and Emily Roske even disregard shopping to listen to Ric Sweeney play guitar.

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.

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October 3, 2009 

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