Monday, November 7, 2011

Virginia State Elections 2011 - #3394 - Direction of Virginia Legislature Likely to Hinge on North Virginia - Washington Times (2) Va. Senate Elections 2011 - 10 Races to Watch - Washington Times (3) Candidates, Party Leaders Play Turnout Card With Virginia Senate as Jackpot - Washington Times

**Don't Forget to Vote, Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - Your Vote is Important**

All 140 seats in Virginia's General Assembly are up for election Tuesday, but the focus has narrowed to a handful of races, including several in Northern Virginia, that will determine the trajectory of state government for the next several years. Seven-term incumbent Sen. R. Edward Houck, Spotsylvania Democrat, is in the fight of his political career against Republican Bryce Reeves in District 17. “This year is much different,” Mr. Houck said. “I’ve never had to take on a Christian political action committee before.” Mr. Reeves, an insurance company president and a former detective and Army Ranger, hoped his message, based on his experience as a businessman, will take him to Richmond. “I know where job growth is going to come from,” he said. “It’s going to come from entrepreneurs. I think at the end of the day, come 7 p.m., we’re going to be a senator-elect going to Richmond.” Read more........

Virginia Senate Elections 2011 - 10 Races to Watch - Washington Times - Republicans need a net gain of 2 seats to win an effective majority in the State Senate.  The following chart on these 10 races are key to both parties key to both parties legislative ambitions.  To see chart, click here........

Candidates, Party Leaders Play Turnout Card with Virginia as Jackpot - Washington Times-........On the Republican side, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II were among party leaders out campaigning.  The message? Turnout, turnout, turnout.  Mr. Cuccinelli, dressed in a leather jacket and jeans Saturday, pointed to his razor-thin, 2007 victory over Democrat Janet Oleszek as an example of how important each vote is.  “You know what they call you when you win by 101 votes?” he asked a crowd in Fredericksburg outside the campaign office of Republican candidate Bryce Reeves, who is challenging seven-term state Sen. R. Edward Houck.  “Senator,” he said, receiving cheers in response.  Said Mr. Bolling: “Polls don’t vote. People vote.”  But with no candidate for president, governor on Congress at the top of the ticket, voter turnout is likely to be well below 50 percent — illustrating the importance of each party getting their respective bases to the polls.  In 2007, the last time all 140 state legislative seats were up for re-election, 30.2 percent of registered voters turned out to vote. In 2003, another off-off year, it was 30.8 percent.  Read more.........

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