Two Valley Cities May Determine November Election Outcome


HARRISONBURG, STAUNTON, Va -- Two cities in the Valley could swing Virginia Republican or Democratic during the presidential election. Both Harrisonburg and Staunton could change the face of the race in Virginia.

Bruce Elder, a Democratic campaign volunteer, works with the Obama campaign and has noticed political diversity in Staunton.

“I think this is a very thoughtful community and a very engaged community,” said Elder. “This gives us all a change to realize the importance of every single vote.”

Every vote matters in Harrisonburg and Staunton. These two are among 106 cities or counties that have voted for both parties since 2004. That means they could go either way this election season.

“It's a wonderful, wonderful town and full of very interesting and interesting people and it extends to political interests as well.”

Both the cities of either Harrisonburg or Staunton could go either way during this election, but a few factors have changed since 2008. Staunton alone has about 1,000 more voters.

Harrisonburg has about 23,000 registered voters. The two cities combined have about 37,000 people registered.

Former GOP Chairman in Rockingham County Michael Meredith has noticed the Valley's split.

“When you travel the byways of Virginia right now, you're going to see just about equal numbers of yard signs from both sides,” said Meredith.

He said the 2008 campaign got people's attention, including younger voters. Meredith believe that has changed for 2012.

“I don't think that's happened this year. I don't see quite the same enthusiasm for his vote this year.”

Elder said no matter the outcome of the race, both cities will make a difference on election day.

“It's good for the political conversation, it's good for us to be able to ask these questions and be listened to,” said Elder.

Both Democrats and Republicans are making calls and going door-to-door supporting their candidates.

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