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Gap narrowing, but it is enough? New poll has Warner up only seven in Senate race

After leading in polls in the summer by as much as 25 points, Sen Mark Warner is up just seven points on Republican Ed Gillespie in a new poll out Friday from Christopher Newport University.


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Poll: Millennials favor Warner, Sarvis, with Gillespie distant third in Senate race

Voters ages 18-35 favor incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, with a surprise in who their second choice is: Libertarian Robert Sarvis over Republican Ed Gillespie.


Do Virginians expect much, if anything, out of Medicaid special session?

Three out of four Virginia voters are actually paying attention to the debate over Medicaid expansion in Virginia that will pick back up again this week with a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.


Quentin Kidd: Response to Emmett Hanger on Medicaid

While certainly not desiring to take anything away from Emmett Hanger’s leadership on Medicaid expansion, the positions in the General Assembly on this issue overwhelmingly fall along party lines.


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Democrats, McAuliffe snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on Medicaid

Remember when Gov. Terry McAuliffe was riding high? That was, like, two months ago, maybe even a couple of weeks ago, back when there was widespread, bipartisan support for Medicaid expansion.


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Emmett Hanger: A Republican who supports Medicaid expansion

Perhaps I am overly sensitive but it seems that if you say in your question pointedly that the Democrats want to expand Medicaid and the Republicans don’t want to, that you are prejudicing the outcome.


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Poll: Republicans, Democrats, Terry McAuliffe all scarred by budget, Medicaid stalemate

Virginia is still without a budget for the coming fiscal year, Democrats and Republicans are no closer to an agreement on Medicaid expansion, but there may be some impetus for change coming from the hinterlands.


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Analysis: Is Mark Warner in trouble?

A poll released last week by Christopher Newport University has Democrat Mark Warner ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie by 2014 as the attention turns slowly toward the November U.S. Senate race.


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Poll: McAuliffe maintains big lead in Virginia governor’s race

A new Christopher Newport University poll released today has Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a seven-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race.


Two new polls have McAuliffe with bigger lead in governor’s race

A Roanoke College poll out today has Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by six points, and a new Christopher Newport University poll has McAuliffe up by nine points.


Kidd: The fundamentals in Virginia politics haven’t changed

At first glance, Virginia has flipped, big time. The Old Dominion was blue in 2008, and has been bright red since, with Republicans sweeping the 2009 state races and taking three of the six seats held by incumbent Democrats in the 2010 congressional midterms. Not so fast, says Quentin Kidd, a political-science professor at Christopher […]


Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

Howard Dean, Tim Kaine, Vince Lombardi, and a guy named Phil Bengston Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net When the football team starts losing games, the fan base tends to start getting antsy, and when the losses compound into a losing season, you can start hearing calls for the coach’s head. Politics isn’t unlike football in […]


Democrats: Where do you go from here?

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You talk to one Democrat, and the party definitely, no question, needs to restrategize toward the middle. The blowback from voters in Massachusetts is an obvious clear signal. The nation isn’t comfortable with the direction things had been headed on health care and the stimulus. Time to pull things […]


Focus | The political calculus on health-care reform for Warner, Webb

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia’s two United States senators, within hours of each other earlier this week, were headlining efforts in the Senate aimed at impacting the health-care reform whirlwind winding up on Capitol Hill this December. Mark Warner was first out of the gate on Tuesday with the coalition of moderate Democrats […]


InDepth | First draft of history: How Bob won, how Creigh lost

This just in to the AFP newsroom – Bob McDonnell can now be projected the winner in the 2009 Virginia governor’s race. OK, most people still have yet to vote, but the writing is on the wall, clearly, with the Republican leading Democrat Creigh Deeds by at least 10 points in the pre-election polls. The […]


AFP InDepth | What about downticket?

Bob McDonnell clearly appears to be pulling away from Creigh Deeds at the top of the ticket in Virginia’s state races. At first glance, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and GOP attorney-general candidate Ken Cuccinelli would seem to be on their way to victories on Nov. 3 as well. A poll conducted by Christopher Newport […]


Breaking down the Democratic primary

Christopher Newport University political scientist Quentin Kidd joins us on “The Chris Graham Show” to break down the June 9 Democratic Party gubernatorial primary race with a focus on how candidates Terry McAuliffe, Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran are running in Hampton Roads and thoughts on the expected voter turnout. Length: 10:39.


Trying to make sense of the ’09 Dem governor’s race

The race for the Democratic Party nomination to run for governor has come to look an awful lot like the race for the Dem nomination to run for the White House that resulted in Barack Obama’s historic victory in November. It started early – when Valley native son Creigh Deeds declared his candidacy for the […]


Divided Ds, motivated Rs, and other ’09 trends

The formal entree of former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe into the 2009 governor’s race on Monday means all the players are present and accounted for now. McAuliffe, who filed papers today to run for governor, but is officially still only exploring a possible run, will compete for the Democratic nomination with Northern Virginia […]


White House: Obama will turn Virginia blue

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net He started his general-election campaign here in June after sewing up the Democratic Party nomination, and he’s going to end it here late Monday night. Still want to quibble over how seriously Barack Obama is taking Virginia? “What better way is there to showcase the importance of this state as […]


U.S. Senate: The radical centrist will shake things up in D.C.

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I was working for an ultraconservative newspaper based in Charlottesville – not exactly the best place for somebody who would later become the chair of a Democratic Party committee to be, but it paid the bills. It also gave me a different perspective on Mark Warner, at first a skeptical […]


The Top Story: The new new McCain

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Two weeks ago, the ’08 presidential election was essentially a referendum on whether Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama was fit to be commander-in-chief, even as Obama had been efforting for months to convince voters that it was really about change. Last night, John McCain, a political maverick to […]


Money see, money do

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net At first glance, it doesn’t make sense to me that Barack Obama could stand to gain any traction at all with voters with his stance on not accepting campaign contributions from PACs and lobbyists. But as my friend Steve Farnsworth points out, correctly, Obama could stand to lose some support […]