Friday, November 9, 2012
What it was like on the other side of the ballot box.
Everyone has a voting story. At my work on Wednesday morning, we all shared ours, and then again last night, at a school function, I heard even more. People who waited for hours to vote first thing making sure a Northern Virginia commute wouldn’t prevent them from voting, flat tires and people who breezed right through in the middle of the day. One gentleman told me the story of voting at the Jersey shore, where a hotel became a last-minute voting location and to ensure voter privacy, the staff hastily arranged for an oversized cardboard box to serve as a voting booth looking like the beginnings of a kid’s Halloween costume. Voting is our right and our duty and more than 80 percent of Fairfax County’s registered voters and 72 percent of …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A look at the day around Northern Virginia and in Richmond.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters across Northern Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday and Patch was there to capture every moment. After the polls closed, supporters gathered across the area to await results. Supporters of Tim Kaine and George Allen gathered Tuesday night in Richmond, along with many volunteers from the state's Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offices. Did you take photos today? Upload them here! Otherwise click through the gallery in the media player above to see what we captured.
George Mason University's Michael McDonald said swing states have been releasing affiliations of early voters, but who wins Virginia won't be clear until the polls close.
President Barack Obama is heading into Election Day with slim early voting leads in a number of battleground states that could help him win the election. That's the analysis from Michael McDonald, a George Mason University professor and expert on early voting whose Monday lecture — "State of the Race: Who Will Win the Presidential Election?" — gave a glimpse at early voting numbers just hours before polls opened Tuesday. McDonald said if Obama could win a combination of Nevada or Iowa, plus Wisconsin and Ohio, he could win a second term in the Oval Office. While no votes are being counted until Election Day, McDonald, who tallies early voting statistics for the United States Elections Project, said some swing states have been releasing the…
Patch will bring you updates throughout Election Day as two former Virginia governors face off for an open Senate seat.
The U.S. Senate race in Virginia lived up to its reputation going into Tuesday's election, as being a tight race between two former governors. Final unofficial results around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday showed Tim Kaine with 51.89 percent of the state vote to Republican challenger George Allen's 47.92 percent of the vote across Virginia. Kaine won by comfortable margins in Northern Virginia jurisdictions, defeating Allen 71.40 percent to 28.42 percent in Falls Church; 60.53 percent to 39.01 percent in Fairfax County; and 65.83 to 33.86 percent in Arlington County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:33 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the state had reported their results. Update 11:21 p.m.: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell congratulated …
Changes to eminent domain and veto session scheduling pass by wide margins.
Virginia residents voted to pass two amendments to the Virginia Constitution when they went out to the polls Tuesday. About 75 percent of voters, more than 2.3 million people, voted "yes" to amending the state's eminent domain policies. The measure will prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation. The measure was a bit less popular in localities such as Fairfax County, where 62 percent of voters decided to pass the amendment. Question 2, which will allow the General Assembly to postpone its veto session in the event of scheduling conflicts of religious holidays, was much more popular. About 82 percent of voters, or 2.6 million people, said yes to the amendment. Update (12:05 a.m. Nov. 7, …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Crowds brave chilly night, long lines at Jiffy Lube Live for Obama's swing-state campaign stop just days before Tuesday's election.
A huge crowd braved long lines — some waiting as long as five hours — and a cold Saturday night to hear President Barack Obama make his case for reelection at a grassroots rally at Bristow’s Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater. The campaign stop also featured former President Bill Clinton and Virginia-native Dave Matthews. In his late-night address to the crowd, Obama cast the election as a choice between two different visions of America. “The people who need a champion are the Americans whose letters I read late at night; the men and women I meet on the campaign trail every day,” Obama said. “It’s about the kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers or entrepreneurs, diplomats or even a president. They need a champion because the…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Doors open at Jiffy Lube Live at 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: The Obama campaign announced tickets can be picked up starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday. President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton will campaign at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Saturday. Doors open for the event at 7 p.m., e-tickets are free to the public and are available online at by visiting: http://OFA.BO/Bristow. To receive your ticket from the Obama campaign, copy and paste the link into your browser and enter your email, name and ZIP code. Tickets can be picked up in person from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at these locations: The appearance will feature an "acoustic performance" by Dave Matthews, according to an e-ticket email from the campaign. The duo were slated to campaign in Prince …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Former president Bill Clinton and the musician Dave Matthews will campaign alongside the president, according to news reports.
President Barack Obama will make a last-minute campaign stop in Prince William County on Saturday, along with the musician Dave Matthews and former president Bill Clinton, several news outlets reported Wednesday evening. The president's campaign sent out a notice Wednesday evening that Obama would appear at an undisclosed location in Bristow Saturday. Anonymous sources within the campaign told ABC7 reporter Scott Thuman that Clinton and Matthews would appear alongside the president. The president's campaign told Patch that additional details would be confirmed at a later date.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Washington Post reported that the two would campaign in several battleground states Monday.
Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama will campaign in Prince William County on Monday, although details about when and where the duo will be were not immediately available Thursday morning. According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Obama will appear in Florida and Ohio as well as PWC on Monday. The Obama for America - Virginia campaign told Patch information regarding the local campaign stop was not immediately available. Weather-wise, as of 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, forecasts for Hurricane Sandy suggest that the hurricane could affect the mid-Atlantic area Monday — which could change campaign plans, although a contingency plan has not been released. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be campaigning at …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sen. John McCain will be at an American Legion post in Woodbridge.
The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Wednesday morning that Sen. John McCain will be hosting a Veterans Town Hall in Woodbridge Friday. McCain will be at American Legion Post 364 at 3640 Friendly Post Ln. in Woodbridge at 2 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are available for the event online or in person at the campaign office at 4431 Prince William Pkwy. in Woodbridge. McCain will be at a town hall meeting in Fairfax Friday morning. Romney is campaiging at Battlefield High School Sunday in Haymarket.