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  1. This past weekend was going to be a big one for Virginia: visits from both presidential candidates and running mates were scheduled around the state. At the same time, Hurricane Sandy was also planning for a big weekend.

    As a safety precaution, weekend appearances by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were canceled on Friday.

    Biden and his wife and son, Jill and Beau, were scheduled to visit Virginia Beach Saturday. Romney was scheduled to visit Sunday before visiting Richmond 100 miles away. Both canceled their events in Virginia Beach to allow local resources to stay focused on hurricane preparedness and any emergencies that would arise.

    Romney canceled other campaign stops in Prince William County and Richmond on Friday. Saturday night, Obama canceled a rally with former president Bill Clinton that was supposed to be held Monday in Prince William County.

    Romney’s Virginia Beach stop will be rescheduled. There’s been no announcement about whether his stops in Prince William and Richmond will be rescheduled.

    Hurricane Sandy hit on one of the two weekends the state had scheduled for in-person absentee voting. In Virginia Beach, one of the largest cities in the state, in-person absentee voting was put on hold for Monday, Oct. 29 at the municipal center, courthouses, fire stations and DMVs.

    Virginia’s State Board of Elections advised local registrars to stay open unless it would endanger voters to travel to the office. The state has prioritized restoring power to registrar offices and the 2,500 polling locations around the state and state law allows the Board to designate emergency polling places, if needed.

    Already, Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the State Board of Elections will schedule supplementary evening and weekend in-person absentee voting times after the storm.

    (via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Press)

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  2. This fight is going to be fierce all the way to Nov. 6 and neither side will concede Virginia. Obama doesn’t need Virginia, but wants it to deprive Romney of an easy path to 270.”

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    University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato about what both presidential campaigns need to achieve in the last 13 days before the election. The candidates seem to agree, with appearances from the candidates and their running mates all happening in the next week in Virginia.

    Tomorrow, Paul Ryan will campaign in Bristol and Charlottesville while Barack Obama visits Richmond. On Saturday, Jill and Joe Biden will visit Virginia Beach and Lynchburg with their son, Beau. On Sunday, Romney will visit Richmond, Prince William County and Virginia Beach. (via Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    timesdispatch.com »

  3. I don’t think top-down economics works. I believe that we grow this economy from the middle out. From the bottom up.”

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    President Obama speaking to crowd at Virginia Beach, Va. on Friday.

    In his two-day campaign blitz across Virginia, the president continued to campaign on his the differences in his and Mitt Romney’s economic policies.  Obama’s ”tax fairness” message is intended to re-energize his Democratic base and appeal to moderate independents while casting Romney as out-of-touch with the struggles of the middle class.

    bostonherald.com »

  4. Vice President Biden delivered the commencement speech at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach on Thursday, another step in the campaign’s efforts to win the 13 electoral votes of Virginia.

    Back in 2008, Obama carried the Hampton Roads region by 79,000 votes.

    washingtonpost.com »

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    It is no surprise that President Obama and Mitt Romney are already campaigning heavily in Virginia. Along with a handful of other swing states, the Old Dominion is expected to hold the keys to the White House this year. 

    A Republican bastion in presidential races between 1968 and 2004, the increasingly liberal northern region just south and west of Washington, D.C., has swung the state towards the Democrats in 2008. But the state’s still influential conservative southern and far western parts create a competitive environment between Republican and Democratic candidates. 

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