Demographics, Upcoming Election Factors in Obama's Love for Annandale
President's visit Monday morning has some asking why Obama seems to love visiting the Annandale area.
Why do President and Mrs. Obama seem to spend so much time in the greater Annandale area?
It’s a question some are asking this morning, as President Obama makes yet another trip to the region — this time visiting Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus to discuss his 2013 budget proposal, healthcare, community college education and more.
President Obama discussed the deficit at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus in April 2011. He spoke with the college’s Automotive Technology program at the west Alexandria campus in June 2011. He visited Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology to sign patent reform legislation in Spetember 2011. He visited Falls Church earlier this month to talk about new housing initiatives reform.
First lady Michelle Obama visited Annandale High School with the first lady of South Korea in October 2011 and last month visited Parklawn Elementary School with celebrity chef Rachel Ray.
Obama will be at NoVa-Annandale around 11 a.m. today.
The President’s local connections to Northern Virginia Community College and Annandale’s location certainly don’t hurt. Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, is an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. The area’s location just off the Beltway may help, too, providing the president’s drivers with easy access into and out of the area (rush hour excluded, of course).
But the greater Annandale area’s demographics and its importance heading into the 2012 election can’t be discounted.
Winning Northern Virginia: Polls and Demographics
As the Republican primary battle drags on, Obama has already started to hold campaign events ahead of the November election. Today’s event, the Los Angeles Times reported, is a preview of election battles to come.
Virginia is an important state for Obama to win in this year’s election. Now labeled a “swing state,” a recent Virginia statewide Quinnipiac University poll put Obama ahead of all potential Republican presidential contenders. The poll results showed Obama beating Mitt Romney 47 percent to 43 percent; Newt Gingrich 51 percent to 37 percent; Rich Santorum 49 percent to 41 percent; and Ron Paul 47 percent to 40 percent. The poll was conducted between Feb. 1 and Feb. 6.
In November, an Obama campaign official said Virginia is “an absolute tossup,” ABC News reported.
The conservative blog RedState.org surmises that the minority vote in Northern Virginia will be important for Obama, as it was in 2008. Winning votes from government workers who live inside the Beltway will also help him.
Annandale has a fairly high minority population. 2010 census data showed that in the Annandale, Wakefield and Woodburn census-designated places (CDPs), the total population was 60,763. Just 27,739 (or 45.6 percent) of those people identified themselves as “white alone”.
Annandale Voted for Obama in 2008
Obama won Virginia by 6.3 percent in 2008.
Locally, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won most Mason district precincts in the 2008 general election against Sen. John McCain and his VP pick Sarah Palin, according to official results. Obama won the Mason district with about 56.9 percent of the votes, overall.
504 Bristow: 61.37% or 842 votes
104 Chapel: 51.39% or 794 votes
106 Heritage: 67.28% or 1,633 votes
508 Masonville: 57.05% or 724
513 Saint Albans: 59.82% or 874 votes
518 Columbia: 58.16% or 955 votes
519 Hummer: 55.06% or 663 votes
521 Brook Hill: 54.44% or 741 votes
522 Camelot: 51.89% or 507 votes
Obama and Biden also won the four precincts in Mason District that favored Clinton in the primaries in November:
510 Parklawn: 58.53%
506 Holmes: 68.18%
515 Westlawn: 62.28%
527 Edsall: 58.15%
The vote was similarly close in the Braddock disrict (the Burke area), where 56.9 percent of voters chose Obama. About 61.8 percent of voters in the Providence district, which includes northern Annandale and Falls Church areas, voted for Obama. In the Lee district, which includes Kingstowne and Rose Hill, 64.8 percent voted for Obama.
Annandale Patch Editor Sherell Williams contributed to this report.