Morning Voter Turnout Low in Harrisonburg

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Storm clouds aren't keeping voters away from the polls, but election officials say they aren't seeing the turnout they expected.

A Survey USA poll indicates that Sen. Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and former Del. Brian Moran are in a dead heat for the gubernatorial nomination. Members of local Democratic and Republican Committees say this nomination is especially important going into November's election.

Alan Finks, the current Chairman of the Democratic Committee in Harrisonburg, says, "What we've had under the last two governors is we've been one of the most highly rated states in the country as far as the way our state is run. I think that continues on."

Mike Meredith, the former Chairman of the Republican Committee in Rockingham County, says, "I think the Obama itch is probably going to wear off a little bit as people look at what's going on. I think what we had last year with the Obama [turnout] in Virginia was a blip on the radar, and I really sincerely think that republicans are going to take back the Governor's Mansion."

Meredith says it's been eight years since there's been a Republican governor, and he thinks Virginians will vote that way this time around. Finks thinks otherwise.

Election officials say they don't expect the same number of voters they saw during the Presidential Primary or a Senate race. However, they do expect more people to show up after work Tuesday afternoon.


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