Richmond and Winchester Newspapers Endorse Gillespie

ACRC members, fellow Republicans, and Virginia voters:

Good news in the Senate campaign is that two major newspapers have endorsed Ed Gillespie for the US Senate!

On October 25, the Winchester Star printed a lengthy article in which the paper endorsed Ed for the Senate. Here is a brief excerpt from that article:

“I want the same blessings of liberty for everyone that I’ve had,” says Mr. Gillespie, grandson of an immigrant janitor. “These blessings were born here in Virginia, and I’ll fight for them every damn day.”

Ed Gillespie deserves the opportunity to make that fight. He deserves your support on Election Day, Nov. 4. (The full text is available here.)

On October 26, the Richmond-Times Dispatch also endorsed Ed Gillespie. The following is an excerpt from the newspaper:

“We endorse Gillespie because his philosophy embraces free markets and free people, the ultimate American solutions, and because we are confident he will serve as an able and honest senator.”

So, momentum is building for Republican candidates, Vote next Tues (or In-Person Absentee now) to elect Ed Gillespie to the US Senate and to reelect Robert Hurt to the 5TH House of Representatives seat.

A GOP Opportunity in Virginia?

Entering the final fortnight of the Senate races, something of a pattern has started to develop. Republicans are leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in all states that were to the right of the national average in the 2012 election (which President Obama won by 4 points), with two exceptions: Kansas, which is tied; and North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead but has less than 46 percent support.  These right-of-center states in which the GOP is leading include six where seats are currently held by Democrats:  Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia.

In all states that were at least 3 points to the left of the national average in the 2012 election (so states where Obama won by at least 7 points), Democrats are leading.  These include several contested races, such as in Minnesota (4 points to the left of the national average in 2012), Michigan (5 points), New Mexico (10), Oregon (12), Illinois (17), and New Jersey (18).

That leaves three states that were less than 3 points to the left of the national average in the 2012 election — and the president’s Obamacare-induced 42 percent approval rating has put them very much in play this time around.  Indeed, Republican candidates are leading in Colorado (1 point to the left of the national average in 2012) and Iowa (2), and Scott Brown is narrowly trailing in New Hampshire (2).

Then there’s Virginia. Versus the country as a whole, Virginia is as down-the-middle as could be:  Obama won reelection nationally by 3.9 points; he won in Virginia by 3.9 points.  Based on 2012 (and 2008 and 2004), Virginia is to the right of Colorado, Iowa, and New Hampshire — and Republicans are showing they can do quite well in those races.  Moreover, as Kim Strassel, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Ross Douthat have all noted in recent days, Virginia GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is running an unusually (for this cycle) ideas-focused, reform-minded campaign.  In particular, he’s the only GOP Senate candidate so far who has advanced a genuine alternative to Obamacare.  So why have national Republican consultants and donors so overlooked this race?

Incumbent Mark Warner, who voted for Obamacare, is somewhat reeling from alleged ethical violations involving possible discussions of a federal judgeship for the daughter of a key Democratic state senator whose position was important to Democrats’ efforts to expand Obamacare in the state.  Even before that accusation recently came to light, Gillespie had cut Warner’s 20-point lead essentially in half, and Warner’s support is under 50 percent.  (There has been no polling since the accusation surfaced.)

Given how saturated the airwaves are in most other winnable races, Republicans who are looking for a place where they can get the most bang for their buck in the closing days of the 2014 campaign might want to cast their eyes toward the Old Dominion.

With 13 days left until the election, Virginia has the feel of the race that might end up seeming like the one that got away.  So why let it get away?

Jeffrey H. Anderson
  Virginia Republican Alliance

You can e-mail us at  VaRepAll@VirginiaRA.com

The Election is Coming, The Election is Coming

Only 31 days left until the crucial November 4 election!  There is a lot going on: (click thru to each page for details)

  • Campaign Rally, Wednesday October 8: Hurt & Gillespie to attend
  • Campaign Updates
  • Monthly Breakfast
  • Absentee Voting: Don’t miss your chance to vote.
  • Republican Call To Action
  • Greene County GOP Pig Roast, 2014
  • Election Day Poll Watchers Needed: Set your own schedule, from 2 hours or more

You Can Vote Today! Absentee Balloting has begun

If you will be out of town or will have difficulty getting to the polls on elections day you can vote early. Bring a current photo ID.

1. IN PERSON Early Voting:  This is the easiest way to be certain of voting and that your vote will count.  All you need to do is go to the County Office building on 5th Street extension (directions) and vote in person on the machine just like you would on election day.  Be certain to bring valid ID.  If you are anticipate travel out of county of election day (for work, vacation, shopping or any personal business or business reason) you are eligible for early voting (among other reasons, see here).

OFFICIAL CALL–ACRC EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

I, Cindi Burket, Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee,

Do call for a meeting of the County Committee’s Executive Board for Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the ACRC Headquarters, 455 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, Va.

AGENDA

A.     Approval Of Minutes of September’s Executive Board Meeting
B.    Treasurer’s Report
1.      2014 Budget
a.      Balances
b.     Current Expenditures
 C.    Executive Board
a.      Chair Report
b.     Vice Chair Reports
i.      Membership
ii.      Database
iii.      Issues
c.      Executive Director Report
 D.    Magisterial District Chair Reports
E.     Breakfast  Meeting (September 13, 2014)
a.       Speaker
b.     Other activities
F.     Committees Updates
a.      Financial
b.     Fund Raising
c.      Event
d.     Candidate Search
e.      Communications
f.        Call Initiative
G.     Other business
H.     Adjournment