Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama To Hold Final Rally in 10th CD; Will it Boost Judy to Victory?

Barack Obama kicked off his general election campaign in Virginia's 10th CD (Bristow) on June 5, and will conclude his campaign in Virginia's 10th CD (Manassas Park) this Monday evening (November 3). Hey, do you think Barack Obama really REALLY wants to win Virginia's 10th CD (along with the rest of the Commonwealth) or what? :)
Barack Obama to Hold Change We Need Rally in Manassas Park Area Monday

Final pre-election campaign rally slated for Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – In his final campaign appearance before Tuesday’s election, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will hold a Change We Need rally in the Manassas Park area Monday night. It will be Obama’s 11th trip to the commonwealth since the end of the primary campaign. He began the general election campaign season with Virginia stops in Bristol and Manassas.

At the rally, Obama will lay out his plans to jump start the economy, provide affordable health care to Virginians and tax relief for middle class families and contrast his vision for America with John McCain’s plans for four more years of the same failed policies of the last eight.

More details about the event will be announced in the coming days.

Among other things, what this final rally by Barack Obama in the 10th CD indicates is that the Obama campaign is looking to win the district big time on Tuesday. Given that both Tim Kaine and Jim Webb won the 10th, the question is mostly how big is "big time." Another question is whether a big Obama victory in the 10th CD will provide enough "coattails" to boost Judy Feder to victory over Frank Wolf.

As the Falls Church News-Press' Penny Gross wrote the other day, Judy Feder "can win this year with her expertise on health care policy, an issue that Congress must deal with in the coming term." Combine that with changing 10th CD demographics in favor of the "blue" team, huge voter turnout this year, victories by Barack Obama and Mark Warner at the top of the ticket, concerns about the economy and the Iraq War, a strong campaign by Judy Feder, and Frank Wolf's increasingly...uh, erratic behavior, and you have the formula for Democratic victory on November 4. We'll see what happens, but anyone who thinks this one will be a "yawner" could be in for a big surprise.

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