It’s Official: Virginia is a Purple State!

As the midnight bell tolled away on another long Election Day night, Jim Webb appeared to have completed a stunning comeback to pull ahead in the initial vote tally in the Virginia Senate race. At 12:30 a.m., the State Board of Elections showed Webb ahead by about 1,800 votes, with 18 precincts uncounted. Four of those precincts are in Richmond, including the city’s two absentee precincts. (By 12:45, the city website had posted results for foot-dragging Precincts 212 and 413; Webb picked up a net total of 249 votes at those locations.)

How will this end up? Who knows.

But this much is clear: Virginia is back in play for the Democratic Party, and will be one of the states that count in 2008.

That’s good news obviously for progressives in Virginia, but also good news for all Virginians: Barring a large national landslide, presidential candidates in 2008 are going to have to pay serious attention to Virginia and its voters, rather than write it in–or write it off–as a solid red state.

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Published in: on November 8, 2006 at 5:15 am  Leave a Comment  

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