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Virginia Election Day 2018: Open Thread


It’s Election Day 2018 here in Virginia – perhaps the most crucial midterm election ever, with a chance to send a message and place some serious “checks and balances” on the Orange Menace in the White House. Obviously, given the extremely high stakes, we all need to get out and vote Democratic up and down the ticket against any Trumpster or Trump enabler on the ballot. Polls are open from 6 am until 7 pm, which gives you 13 hours to exercise one of your most precious rights (and duties, IMHO, particularly at this moment in history) as an American – voting.

What are you seeing and hearing out there? What’s turnout like in your neck of the woods? Please let Blue Virginia readers know in the comments section of this post. Thanks.

P.S. The races I’ll be watching most closely in Virginia today  – and live blogging about tonight! – include: Jennifer Wexton (D) vs. Barbara Comstock (R) in VA-10; Abigail Spanberger (D) vs. Dave Brat (R) in VA-07; Leslie Cockburn (D) vs. Denver Riggleman (R) in VA-05; Elaine Luria (D) vs. Scott Taylor (R) in VA-02; Tim Kaine (D) vs. neo-Confederate Corey Stewart (R) for U.S. Senate (mostly to see how badly Kaine can crush that nutjob); Matt de Ferranti (D) vs. John Vihstadt (R/I) for Arlington County Board; Babur Lateef (D) vs. Alyson Satterwhite (R) for Prince William County School Board Chair; Virginia Beach City Council. I’m also interested in how Democrats do in deep-red districts such as VA-01 (Democrat Vangie Williams vs. Republican Rob Wittman), VA-06 (Democrat Jennifer Lewis vs. Republican Ben Cline) and VA-09 (Democrat Anthony Flaccavento vs. Republican Morgan Griffith).

P.P.S. Nationally, I’m really rooting for Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Jacky Rosen in Nevada, Kyrsten Synema in Arizona, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Jon Tester in Montana, Joe Manchin in West Virginia, Bill Nelson in Florida, Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Ned Lamont in Connecticut, Michelle Lujam Grisham in New Mexico, Steve Sisolak in Nevada, Janet Mills in Maine, Laura Kelly in Kansas, Richard Cordray in Ohio, Fred Hubbell in Iowa, Billie Sutton in South Dakota, etc. I’m also looking at several ballot initiatives, such as Arizona Proposition 127: Renewable Energy Standards Initiative, Washington Initiative 1631: Carbon Emissions Fee Measure, Florida’s Ex-Felons Voting Rights Restoration Amendment, California’s farm animal welfare initiative, etc.


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