Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Voters for President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney may split their ticket and not vote a straight Democrat or Republican ticket down the ballot; "split ticket voters" could affect election prospects for Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine.
Driving through Northern Virginia, it's quite rare to see yards with signs revealing that a homeowner plans to vote both Republican and Democrat on Nov. 6. Even if they don't openly proclaim their split-ticket status, they're out there, according to polling. These "split ticket voters" plan to step into the polling booth on Election Day to vote for a Republican and a Democrat: Voting for President Barack Obama and Republican Senate candidate George Allen, or for Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine. "It is a real possibility that Romney could win Virginia while George Allen loses," said Mark Rozell, professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. "Some polls have shown that Tim…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
New poll out Friday puts Virginia votes in 'toss-up' status with Romney ahead of Obama 50 percent to 47 percent in Virginia.
Can Bruce Springsteen help President Obama win Virginia? The popular singer will perform in a free concert Tuesday in Charlottesville on the president's behalf. He did the same for the president last week in Ohio, considered another must-win state in the election. The fight for Virginia votes is getting more intense. With Election Day two weeks from Tuesday, Virginia is becoming one of the ground-zero states in the presidential election and the candidates are pulling out all the stops in trying to win the state come Nov. 6. "I consider it one of the three crucial states," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report, a Washington-based newsletter, counting the others as Ohio and Colorado, the Richmond …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Look up your neighbor's contributions to the campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney based on data from the Federal Elections Commission.
Virginia residents have donated more than $19.6 million directly presidential candidates this election cycle, with a lot of those donations coming from Northern Virginia. President Barack Obama has received more than $9.2 million from voters, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has received more than $8.1 million. The remainder—about $2.3 million—went to candidates no longer in the race, including Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and political parties. The data in the tool above is directly from the Federal Election Commission based on campaign reports through June 30, 2012. Notes on the data: This data was updated in October 2012 to reflect donations based on campaign reports through Aug. 31, 2012. The data has not been cleaned up …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?
Friday, September 7, 2012
It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin. A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign. The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy. Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
President Obama made a campaign stop Saturday at Centreville High School in Clifton.
President Obama visited Centreville High School in Fairfax County Saturday as part of a campaign swing through the state. The photos were taken at the speech, in the high school gym, as well as outside the school, where some local protesters gathered beforehand. Read more about today's visit here: President Obama Campaigns at Centreville High The CVHS Presidential Visit: What You Need to Know Obama to Speak at Centreville High School Saturday Many Wait in Line for President Obama Rally Tickets Poll: Should Obama Propose Extending Tax Cuts to All?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Nationwide, presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised more last month than President Obama, but the statistics don’t follow that pattern locally.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney raised more campaign funds in May than President Barack Obama nationwide, but Obama still has Romney beat in Virginia, according to the latest campaign finance reports. Romney pulled in $76.8 million from donors in May, his campaign announced today. Obama’s campaign pulled in more than $60 million, The Los Angeles Times reported. But things look different in Virginia, where Obama has raised $3.72 million in this election cycle from residents, according to Federal Election Commission data released Monday. Romney has raised $3.61 million from Virginia residents. From voters in the greater Washington, D.C. area, which includes the District plus parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, Obama has received $9.59 …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Virginia governor tells radio audience on WTOP Tuesday "I am not being vetted by his campaign."
On radio station WTOP Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) all but ruled out the possibility of becoming the vice presidential choice of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. "I am not being vetted by his campaign," he told the radio audience. That doesn't completely shut the door if the Romney campaign came calling. McDonnell has not said he would say "no" to the VP slot if it were offered. The popular Republican governor, who received 59 percent of the vote before he was sworn in as the 71st head of the Commonwealth in 2010, said he plans to serve out his term, which ends in January 2014. McDonnell became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and has campaigned for Romney in Virginia, as well as in Southern primary…
Monday, February 13, 2012
The president spoke at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Read our live updates from President Obama's speech at NOVA-Annandale and our full recap of the event for more information. 11:12 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, Virginia! Thank you, NOVA! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody who has a chair please have a seat. I know not everybody has a chair. AUDIENCE MEMBER: Love you! THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Laughter.) Great to be here. First of all, I want to thank Mike for the wonderful introduction. Please give Mike a big round of applause. (Applause.) It is great to be back here at NOVA. I’ve been here so many times I’m about three credits short of graduation. (Laughter.) But there are a couple of reasons that I keep on coming …
The president unveiled his plans to a crowd of around 200 students at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus.
President Barack Obama promised to train 2 million Americans for high-demand careers at community colleges throughout the country during his visit to the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Monday morning. While speaking to an audience of mostly students and some faculty members from the Northern Virginia Community College campuses, Obama revealed a plan that relies heavily on using community colleges to prepare students for jobs of the future in areas such as science and technology, health care and advanced manufacturing. Obama wants to give 2 million Americans the skills they need for jobs right now by turning community colleges into community career centers. The investment of $8 billion is part of Obama’s $13 …
President's budget includes funding for education, infrastructure; calls for higher taxes on wealthiest Americans.
UPDATE - 11:37 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 President Obama is shaking hands and mingling with the crowd of students at Northern Virginia Community College on his way out of town following the release of his 2013 budget. His appearance this morning focused on the educational and career-oriented aspects of the budget, which includes an $8 billion fund to train people for careers in high-demand industries. "An economy built to lasts means doing everything we can to help students learn the skills they need early," Obama told the audience, which was largely quiet but clearly listening carefully. Obama's budget also included proposals to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and increase spending on infrastructure. Students at the event said they …