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Chris Graham: How will Romney/Ryan Augusta event play out?

It would seem at first glance that the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan event scheduled for Thursday at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville would be so much overkill given the recent voting history in Greater Augusta. Barack Obama, en route to winning Virginia in the 2008 presidential election, was roundly trounced in Greater Augusta (Augusta County and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro) by Republican nominee John McCain. McCain won the region with 62 percent of the vote, with Obama trailing far behind with 37 percent.

Romney, Ryan rally at Augusta Expo

The Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will attend a campaign rally at Augusta Expoland in Fishersville on Thursday. Romney and Ryan will be joined by country-music artist Trace Adkins at the rally, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the event.

Suffolk poll shows closer race in Virginia

President Barack Obama (46 percent) clings to a 2-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney (44 percent), in a swing-state nail-biter, according to a Suffolk University/NBC12 (WWBT-Richmond) poll of likely general-election voters in Virginia. Seven percent were undecided.

Chris Graham: Romney is right … it’s not the media’s fault

Here’s where credit needs to be given to Mitt Romney and his brain trust. And seriously, they’ll take what they can get however they get it right now, considering how badly things have been going of late. “I think we have a system of free press. People are able to provide their own perspective based upon their own beliefs. I think there are some people who are more in my camp, there’s a lot of people who are more in his camp, and I don’t worry about that.” That was how the GOP presidential nominee answered Jan Crawford of CBS News when asked if he thought the “mainstream media” was “in the tank” for the president.

AG: Goode will remain on Viriginia presidential ballot

There were irregularities in the ballot petitions submitted by Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode in his effort to get on the presidential ballot in Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Friday. But the irregularities were not enough in the AG’s mind to prevent Goode from being certified for ballot access in the November election.

Chris Graham: 47-Percent-Gate

Mitt Romney’s clumsy comments writing off 47 percent of the American public as being self-victimized, tax-dodging sucklings reminded me of a town-hall meeting that I covered in Staunton a few years back.

Post poll: Obama has eight-point lead in Virginia

Another day, another bit of momentum for President Barack Obama in the crucial battleground state of Virginia. A new Washington Post poll of Virginia voters released on Tuesday gives Obama an eight-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney. Obama, a Democrat, was at 52 percent in the poll, with Romney at 44 percent.

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Poll: Obama has five-point lead in Virginia

Democrat Barack Obama holds a five-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Virginia, according to a poll released by Public Policy Polling late Sunday.

Ryan makes brief stop in Valley

Local Republicans have been working on gettting a member of the Republican national ticket for four years. When then-candidate Barack Obama came to Harrisonburg in October 2008, Suzanne Obenshain vowed to bring a Republican to the area for the 2012 election. She made calls to anyone who would listen, and worked with the Republican Party of Virginia. In the spring, local Republicans contacted the Mitt Romney campaign to make sure that someone on the ticket would come to the Valley. The hard work paid off Friday when Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.


Poll: Obama up five in Virginia, Senate race still tied

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll of Virginia voters gives Democrat Barack Obama a five-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential race, and has former governors Tim Kaine and George Allen tied in the U.S. Senate race.

Chris Graham: Tone deaf

Mitt Romney needs to get back into Bain mode. Fire everybody, maybe including himself, and start over. This time, it’s the campaign that is underperforming, most recently – and likely most decisively – in the tone-deaf response to the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Poll: Romney, Allen lead in Virginia races

A poll from Gravis Marketing and Capitol Correspondent released on Tuesday gives Republican Mitt Romney a five-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama in the Virginia presidential race, and also gives GOP Senate candidate George Allen a five-point lead over Democrat Tim Kaine.


Poll: Obama with narrow lead in NC

A new Public Policy Polling poll of North Carolina voters gives Democrat Barack Obama the narrowest of leads over Mitt Romney in the presidential race in the Tar Heel State.

Warren Isleib: Who are the Romneys?

Who cares about Mitt and Ann Romney’s tax returns? They have lots of money, big deal. They use tax shelters and loopholes to keep as much of their money as possible; again no surprise. The public does not care much. Democrats will show the inequality in taxation rates; already know it, so what. Why not […]

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Internal polling has Hurt up 18 in Fifth

The Robert Hurt campaign released internal polling showing Democratic challenger John Douglass trailing the Fifth District Republican incumbent by a 55 percent-37 percent margin

Poll: Jobs, economy top voters’ concerns

Public Notice released on Sunday the results of a national survey of likely voters. Jobs and the economy, along with federal spending and debt, topped the list of voter concerns

Survey: Millionaires prefer Romney

Why is Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign raising more money than Barack Obama’s? It may come down to who the millionaires want to see as the next President of the United States

PPP: Obama leads in Virginia

Barack Obama maintains a small but healthy lead over Mitt Romney among Virginia voters, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling

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Suffolk: Non-voters would push Obama to big win

Nearly 40 percent of adult U.S. citizens will stay away from the polls this coming November, but if these Americans were to vote, President Barack Obama would coast to a second term in office, according to a Suffolk University-USA TODAY poll

Can Gary Johnson hurt Mitt Romney at polls in Virginia?

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is polling at 5.3 percent nationwide. Johnson’s poll numbers could be a critical factor in battleground states like Virginia in November

Chris Graham: Breaking down the Paul Ryan VP pick

John McCain went with Sarah Palin as his game changer in 2008. Does Paul Ryan change the game for Mitt Romney in 2012? Maybe, maybe not


Group urges convention delegates to ‘Dump Romney’

A social-conservative group is using Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs and his record as Massachusetts governor to urge GOP convention delegates to “Dump Romney”


Chris Graham: Undecided Voter Guide

One in 10 Virginia voters is undecided about who they will vote for in November. Given the clear choices between the visions offered by the candidates, it’s hard to figure out how. Maybe we need to come up with an Undecided Voter Guide to help them along


Quinnipiac: Obama leads in Virginia

A new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll released Wednesday has Democrat Barack Obama in the lead in Virginia

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Chris Graham: Romney’s Catch-22

Mitt Romney is in a classic Catch-22 position right now. If he answers Harry Reid’s charge that he hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years by releasing his returns, he runs the risk of showing items on the returns that he doesn’t want the public to see. If he doesn’t release the returns, he appears to be conceding Reid’s point

Elder: Obama plan will grow economy by keeping taxes low

Staunton City Councilman and Downtown Staunton business owner Bruce Elder raised issue on Monday with Mitt Romney’s fuzzy tax math

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Chris Graham: The Sarah Palin ‘mistake’

The right-wing echosphere is howling once again. Another lefty critic has come down hard on Sarah Palin

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Chris Graham: Obama ad reinforcing GOP message?

Watching TV last night, I finally saw the ad that the Barack Obama campaign has been running to counter the “you didn’t build that” furor in the conservative echosphere

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Chris Graham: Painting the Valley blue

Local Democrats were quite active on the political scene four years ago, and their hard work paid off

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Chris Graham: Bain of Romney’s existence

Is the Barack Obama campaign’s full-court press on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and his tax returns fair and balanced? Plenty of ink and cyberspace have been devoted in recent days to answering that question. What about the impact of the line of attack on the 2012 campaign?

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Chris Graham: History repeating itself

The president is getting strong backing from his party. His election opponent is mainly getting the support of people who don’t like the president. The challenger is a Massachusetts liberal with a record of flip-flopping on key issues. Is it 2012 … or 2004

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Poll: Obama up eight in Virginia, up one in N.C.

Two states key to Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory might be in play in 2012

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Poll: Romney leads Obama in NC

Virginia’s border state to the south is as much a White House battleground, maybe more. Public Policy Polling released a new poll Tuesday showing Republican Mitt Romney with a narrow 48 percent-46 percent lead over Democrat Barack Obama among North Carolina voters


Marist Poll: Obama, Romney locked in tight race in Va.

A new Marist Poll out Thursday has Democrat Barack Obama with a four-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney among Virginia voters

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Politcs Notebook: On the campaign trail

News and notes from the presidential race and the Virginia Senate race

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Politics Notebook: On the campaign trail

Tim Kaine talks Senate budget votes, and we look at the latest polling in New Hampshire and North Carolina

Goode: Romney ‘father of homosexual marriages’

Former Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode blasted presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as “the father of homosexual marriages”

Campaign Trail: Obama campaign serenades Gingrich on his way out

The Obama-Biden campaign is poking at Newt Gingrich as the former House Speaker makes his way out of the Republican Party presidential race. A new campaign web video points out the sometimes-venomous back-and-forth between Gingrich and Romney as Gingrich appears ready to throw his support to Romney for the fall election.