Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Presidential Election 2012 - #4183 - Virginia Moves Toward Romney - Real Clear Politics

Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: “Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country moving again.” Snead, 56, and her husband, Sam, 64, run a real estate company in this charming Northern Virginia town at the base of Shenandoah National Park, where majestic Skyline Drive meanders down to North Carolina. They have owned the company for more than 30 years. In 2009 they had ten agents and two offices; today they have three agents and one office. “We are very fortunate and blessed to be able to keep our doors open still, but it has been a struggle,” she said. Housing keeps America’s economy going, she said, and “Obama has clearly never understood that. Snead and her husband are not fanatical Republicans. They are independent voters who, for the first time, have a political sign in front of their business along John Marshall Highway, which runs through the center of town..........Travel south on U.S. 220, no visible support exists for Obama or for Tim Kaine, seeking Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat against Republican George Allen. But signs for Allen and Romney are everywhere. On one large sign touting this as “Obama, Kaine and Douglas country” – referring to John Douglas, a conservative Democrat running for Congress – the names of Obama and Kaine are covered by duct tape. The 30 percent of Virginians living in more-rural areas will support Romney by big margins, but he faces demographic challenges elsewhere, Kondik predicts. “Virginia doesn't have nearly the same amount of non-college-educated whites as some other battlegrounds, like Ohio,” he said. “That's the group where Obama has seen a lot of erosion in support.” And that, he thinks, makes Virginia “basically a coin flip right now."  Read more..........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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