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       The Rockbridge Report
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008                                                                    Serving the Rockbridge area                                                          

Solid win for Obama
Late victories in Virginia, Ohio make
Democrat nation’s first black president
all results as of 12 a.m. Nov. 5                                                                                                                                            The Associated Press
                                                                                                                                                                                Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first
     Presidential                                                                                                                                                           black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph
       Results                                                                                                                                                              that overcame racial barriers as old as America it-
                                                                                                                                                                                “Change has come to America,” said Obama
                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                The son of a black father from Kenya and a white
                                                                                                                                                                            mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from
                                                                                                                                                                            Illinois sealed his victory by defeating Republican
                                                                                                                                                                            Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought
                                                                                                                                                                            battleground states -- Ohio, Florida, Virginia and
                                                                                                                                                                                Cheering, screaming and weeping with joy, an
                                                                                                                                                                            estimated 50,000 Barack Obama supporters wel-
                                                                                                                                                                            comed his election Tuesday night in a delirious vic-
                                                                                                                                                                            tory celebration in the senator’s hometown.
      Barack Obama                                                                                                                                                              Many crammed into Grant Park to participate in
       338 electoral                                                                                                                                                        the historic event.
                                                                                                                                                                                “I want her to be able to tell her children when
          votes                                                                                                                                                             history was made, she was there,” said Alnita
                                                                                                                                                                            Tillman, 50, who kept her 16-year-old daughter, Ra-
                                                                                                                                                                            ven, out of school so they could be at the park by 8
                                                                                                                                                                            a.m., more than 10 hours before the gates opened.
                                                                                                                                                                                The crowd went wild with joy as the news that
                                                                                                                                                                            Obama would be the nation’s first black president
                                                                                                                                                                            flashed across jumbo TV screens in the park where
                                                                                                                                                                            Obama was to speak later that night. Many held
                                                                                                                                                                            both hands high up in the air, waved American flags,
                                                                                                                                                                            jumped up and down and cheered.
                                                                                                                                                                                Large crowds also gathered in New York, Los
                                                                                                                                                                            Angeles and Atlanta.
                                                                                                                                                                                McCain called his former rival to concede de-
       John McCain                                                                                                                                                          feat -- and the end of his own 10-year quest for the
                                                                                                                                                                            White House. “The American people have spoken,
       159 electoral                                                                                                                                                        and spoken clearly,” McCain told disappointed sup-
          votes                                                                                                                                                             porters in Arizona.
                                                                                                                                                                                Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Biden
                                                                                                                                                                            of Delaware, will take their oaths of office as presi-
  Senate Results                                                                                                                                                            dent and vice president on Jan. 20, 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                As the 44th president, Obama will move into the
                                                                                                                                            Morry Gash / AP Photo           Oval Office as leader of a country that is almost cer-
                                                                                                                                                                            tainly in recession, and fighting two long wars, one

                                   “Change has come to America”                                                                                                             in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                                                                  As president-elect, he faces three immediate
                                                                                                                                                                                               see “Results” on page 4

                                   Obama turns Virginia blue
      Mark Warner                  For first time in 44 years, state supports Democrat for president
       64 percent
                                   The Associated Press                    of the state’s Senate seats for the     over the top.                        at Virginia after Democrats won           held down the margins McCain
                                       RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Vir-          first time since 1970.                      Democrats gained at least one    three straight major elections here,      would have needed to overcome
   see page 3 for more             ginia -- the seat of the old Con-           The key change this year came       spot in Virginia’s 11-member U.S.    two for governor and a U.S. Sen-          the Democrat’s huge advantages
                                   federacy, yes, but also the state       in Northern Virginia, where an          House delegation when Gerald         ate victory two years ago. He vis-        in cities and in the suburbs of
Congress Results                   that elected the nation’s first black   influx of new residents and first-      Connolly won the seat of retiring    ited the state 11 times since June,       Washington and Richmond.
                                   governor -- narrowly voted for          time voters in Fairfax, Loudon          Republican incumbent Tom Davis       outspent McCain by a 3-to-1 ratio            Obama benefited from wide-
                                   Barack Obama on Tuesday as              and Prince William Counties al-         in the Washington suburbs. GOP       and opened 50 campaign offices            spread dissatisfaction with Presi-
                                   Democrats tightened their grip          lowed Obama to overcome Mc-             incumbents Thelma Drake and          statewide to McCain’s 24.                 dent Bush, deep concern over the
                                   this former GOP stronghold.             Cain’s substantial advantage in         Virgil Goode were locked in races        Both campaigns took the fight         nation’s faltering economy and an
                                       Obama became the first Demo-        other parts of the state.               that were too close to call.         to the countryside, hoping to gain        enthusiastic turnout by black and
                                   crat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964           Those counties voted for Bush           The state’s 13 electoral votes   an edge in rural Virginia, which          young, first-time voters.
                                   to carry the state, which also over-    in 2000 and 2004, but this year         had been considered crucial to       can blend gun-rights enthusiasm              Even before he entered the
                                   whelmingly picked a Democratic          Obama campaigned hard to win            John McCain’s chances of win-        and Christian conservatism with           race, Obama had a rock star’s fol-
                                   former governor over a Repub-           over those voters.                      ning the White House, and Obama      strident labor activism in the same       lowing among black Virginians,
                                   lican one for U.S. Senate. Mark             Record turnout among black          shut the door on that with wins      areas.                                    about 20 percent of the state’s
                                   Warner’s win over Jim Gilmore           voters in Richmond and Hamp-            here and in other pivotal states.        Those areas went predomi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       see “Virginia” on page 4
                                   gave Democrats control over both        ton Roads also helped put Obama             Obama decided to make a run      nantly for McCain, but Obama

                                   Elrod claims victory in mayor’s race
       Bob Goodlatte
        63 percent

   see page 3 for more             Race between two women gives Lexington its first female leader
                                                                           filled by after she takes office; the
   Mayor Results                   By Jess Ramos
                                   Rockbridge Report                       other council members will select
                                                                                                                   with “for mayor.” She changed
                                                                                                                   her mind about using signs after
                                       Lexington has its first female      her successor.                          Harvey began canvassing and us-
                                   mayor: Mimi Elrod.                          For Elrod, the race became          ing yard signs of her own.
                                       Elrod, a Washington and Lee         more than what she anticipated             Because the mayoral race was
                                   staff member and veteran member         when she announced her candi-           nonpartisan, the Virginia Board
                                   of City Council, received 1,344         dacy in January. Traditionally, lo-     of Elections Web site listed both
                                   votes, or 60 percent, compared to       cal races are low-key and without       candidates as independents.
                                   her opponent, Mary Harvey, who          yard signs and advertisements.             Even so, Harvey signs tended
                                   had 912 votes.                          Forums like the one sponsored by        to appear in yards with signs for
                                       “There’s a lot of work in front     Lexington’s National Organiza-          Republican presidential candidate
                                   of us. We’ve got a lot of issues        tion for Women last September           John McCain. Elrod signs were
                                   to deal with,” said Elrod, who          are ordinarily enough for voters        in many yards next to signs for
                                                                           to hear the candidates’ views.          Democratic presidential candi-
         Mimi Elrod                celebrated her victory with her
                                                                               But this time, the race be-         date Barack Obama and senatorial
                                   friends after the voting result
         60 percent                came out. “But I’m very excited,        came more intense. Elrod did not        candidate Mark Warner.                                           Christina Merchant / Rockbridge Report
                                   and very pleased. I’m just beyond       originally plan to use yard signs.         Harvey, a proud independent,      Mimi Elrod defeated Mary Harvey in Lexington’s first contested
                                   thrilled.”                              Recently, though, she modified          said the race was not partisan       mayor’s race since the 1980s. Elrod’s victory means her seat on
                                       Elrod’s council seat will be        old signs from her previous run,              see “Elrod” on page 2          the City Council will need to be filled by an appointment.
                                                                           replacing “House of Delegates”
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                         Page 2
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Area voters turn out in massive numbers
           Lexington: 72 percent                                               Rockbridge County: 75 percent                                                           Buena Vista: 64 percent
By Rebecca Bratu                           He found 32 people al-              polling places was another con-
Rockbridge Report                      ready waiting in line when polls        cern for Rockbridge area resi-
                                       opened at 6 a.m. Throughout the         dents Tuesday. The Rockbridge
    Despite the weather Tuesday,
                                       day, the lines remained long and        Area Transportation System took
voters in the Rockbridge area
                                       steady and the voting process ran       area residents to and from polling
kept pouring in to cast their bal-
                                       smoothly. Waiting in line took          places with carpools, said Execu-
lots throughout the day in record
                                       about 15 minutes at Highland            tive Director Tim Root.
                                       Belle, and casting the ballot only          Polling officials tried to ac-
    In Rockbridge County, 74.64
                                       a minute at most.                       commodate voters as much as
percent of registered voters
                                           “It was pretty quick, easy, I       possible. At both the Highland
showed up at the polls. Out of the
                                       guess,” voter Catherine Lindsay         Belle and Lexington precincts, of-
13,658 total number of registered
                                       said. Other voters said the process     ficials took voting machines out to
voters, 10,195 people cast a bal-
                                       took less time than expected, but       the cars of the people who were
lot Tuesday. Rockbridge County,
                                       it was still the longest they had       unable to walk into the polling
Buena Vista and Lexington all
                                       ever waited at the precinct.            place.
registered more voters than they
                                           Belliveau said about 38 per-            Registrars were worried that
did in the 2004 election, which
                                       cent of registered voters, includ-      large numbers might increase the
held the previous record for voter
                                       ing absentee voters, had cast their     risk for irregularities at the polls.
                                       ballots by 10 a.m. He said in past      Not only long lines but also vot-
    In Lexington, 73.81 percent
                                       election years Highland Belle had       ing machine malfunctions had the
of registered voters cast a bal-
                                       a 64 percent turnout.                   potential to cause voter frustra-
lot. Carolyn Rendleman has been
                                           “I think we could hit 75 per-       tion. At the county’s Ben Salem
city registrar for 10 years. She
                                       cent quite easily today,” Belliveau     precinct just after 7 a.m., voters
had expected up to 80 percent of
                                       said.                                   were delayed for a few minutes
registered voters to show up at
                                           With such a big turnout, offi-      by a glitch in the two electronic
the polls, after a turnout close to
                                       cials were bracing for problems.        voting machines.
70 percent in 2004. Rendleman                                                                                                                                                                        Michael White / Rockbridge Report
                                           Peak voting times were from 6           But registrars said last week
registered 3,346 Lexington resi-
                                       a.m. to 8 a.m., when people were        they trusted their equipment.           Despite fears that heavy turnout would cause long lines, the process went smoothly at Lexington’s
dents, and 2,470 actually voted
                                       going to work; between 11 a.m.              “I am very confident about the
Tuesday.                                                                                                               tests to make sure the machines         chines, which use a paperless          fident.
                                       and 1 p.m., when they had their         machines,” Rendleman said.
     Scott Belliveau, chief of elec-                                                                                   were working well.                      touch screen. There is no backup           “I think we have one of the
                                       lunch breaks; and from 5:30 p.m.            She says the machines are kept
tions at Highland Belle precinct,                                                                                          “We did have some [ma-              paper-vote system. According to        best systems to catch voter prob-
                                       to 7 p.m., when they went home          locked and all the activity per-
has been working as a polling of-                                                                                      chines] that were off a little bit      the nonpartisan organization Vot-      lems, and the machine problems
                                       from work. Polls closed at 7.           formed on them is automatically
ficial for seven years. He said the                                                                                    and we went in and changed it so        ersUnite!, documented failures         are just negligible,” she said.
                                           Buena Vista had hired two           recorded. Access to the voting
turnout was the highest he has                                                                                         that everything winds up good,”         of Patriot systems include loss            One more factor – a light but
                                       more people this election year to       systems was reserved for employ-
ever seen.
                                       assist with the increase in voters.     ees of the registrar’s office.          she said.                               of votes, under- and over-count-       steady rain – threatened to affect
    “We knew it was going to be                                                                                            Polling places in Lexington,        ing, and other malfunctions that       voter turnout today. Despite the
                                       Registrars worked overtime to en-           Rockbridge County Voter Reg-
big this year, but this is quite a                                                                                     Buena Vista, and Rockbridge             caused delays at polling places.       rain, though, the local lines were
                                       sure a smooth voting process.           istrar Marilyn Earhart says that
turnout,” Belliveau said.
                                           Transportation to and from          the county registrar’s office ran       County used Patriot DRE ma-                But Rendleman remained con-         long.

Three challengers sweep out Page and Smith

Lexington ousts council incumbents
By Caroline Davis                      percent.                                on the Lexington Planning Com-          at Lexington, was also looking for          Mayoral and City Council           ty affiliations on the ballot. Voters
Rockbridge Report                           “These are people that have        mission. Cox is also retired and        a second term.                          elections are held in every even-      could select up to three candi-
    Bob Lera, David Cox and            served with great distinction,”         had made two unsuccessful bids              Two other council members,          numbered year. Elected Council         dates, but the voting machine pre-
Marylin Alexander won the three        said Cox of the incumbents. “But        for the Virginia General Assem-         Jim Gianniny and Frank Fried-           members take office Jan. 1 and         vented them from selecting more.
available seats on the Lexington       they have been on the quiet side.       bly. Alexander is a longtime Lex-       man, will not be up for re-election     serve a four-year term.                Selecting only one name gave that
City Council Tuesday evening,          I hope that their contributions to      ington resident and member of the       until their terms expire in 2010.           “My intent over the next four      candidate a greater chance of win-
defeating two incumbents.              Lexington will be appreciated.”         Lexington School Board.                      In this year’s election, many      years,” said Lera, “is to ask ques-    ning a seat on the council.
    “I am just thrilled,” said Cox          For Page and Smith, there is           Page is a professor of civil en-    of the local candidates relied on       tions and listen when people talk          In the past, elections have
of the victory. “Things have just      still hope for a seat on the Coun-      gineering at Virginia Military In-      word-of-mouth methods to drive          to me.”                                lacked the element of excitement
gone wonderfully [tonight].”           cil.                                    stitute and was seeking his second      their campaigns. Voters took to             The City Council election is       present in this year’s race.
    Lera secured the highest                Mimi Elrod’s win for mayor         term on the Council. Smith, direc-      their own initiative to learn about     nonpartisan and at-large, which            In 2006, candidates Elrod, Gi-
amount of votes at 27 percent. Cox     means a fourth Council seat will        tor of facilities services at Kendal    each candidate.                         means voters did not see any par-      anniny and Friedman handily beat
and Alexander were close behind        now be available. Her city council                                                                                                                             out two competitors.
with 25 percent and 21 percent of      seat will be vacated at the start of                                                                                                                                For the 2004 Lexington City
the votes, respectively.               the next council term in January.                                                                                                                              Council race, election results were
    “This was not a one man                 The council will look to ap-                                                                                                                              even more anticlimactic. Candi-
show,” said Lera. “There were a        point a Lexington resident to the                                                                                                                              dates Golden, Page and Smith ran
whole lot of people that got in-       open position. That resident could                                                                                                                             uncontested.
volved in helping me work out the      well be one of the losers from to-                                                                                                                                 Meanwhile, results are still
details of this campaign.”             night’s results.                                                                                                                                               pending for the Glasgow Town
                                            Lera, Alexander, and Cox                                                                                                                                  Council elections. Tracy Shafer
    Both Cox and Lera spent the
                                       were looking to win a first term        Marylin                 David Cox            Bob Lera               Jack Page               Ron Smith                  and Roger Funkhouser challenged
drizzly, grey Tuesday morning at
                                       on the council. The other two can-      Alexander                                                                                                              incumbents Mike Turner and Ro-
the polls greeting voters.
    Cox said this may have helped      didates, Page and Smith, hoped to          21 percent              25 percent           27 percent              15 percent             11 percent              berta Lyle in the race for three
him in edging out the two incum-       retain their seats. A third incum-                                                                                                                             open seats. Funkhouser, Lyle and
bents, Jack Page and Ron Smith.        bent, Tim Golden, was not seek-                                                                                                                                Turner are currently leading.
    Page received only 14 percent      ing re-election.                           1,023 votes            1,231 votes           1,319 votes             701 votes              527 votes
of the vote and Smith received 11           Lera is retired and had served
                                                                                                     The three candidates with the most votes won seats on Council

Elrod elected as new mayor                                                     Local voters talk about their choices
      continued from page 1            me,” said Harvey. Harvey said it        By Christina Merchant                                                                                                  the county voted Democratic in a
from her point of view.                had been a journey of self-discov-      Rockbridge Report
    Harvey had an interview with       ery. Her most memorable moment
                                                                                   Chelsea Riordan and Andy
                                                                                                                       “I’m glad it’s over, and I hope                                                presidential election was in 1976,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      when Jimmy Carter was elected.
Dutch National Television in           came while reading a letter writ-                                                                                                                                  Wayne Johnston also predicted
October for a special report on        ten by someone endorsing her. As        Painter are two young Rockbridge
                                                                               County residents who were able
                                                                                                                       McCain gets it, because we do                                                  that Rockbridge County would go
local elections in America. She        she read the letter, for a second she
                                                                               to vote for the first time Tuesday.                                                                                    Republican, though he was less
said the Dutch network chose to
interview her because she had no
                                       could not believe the traits and ac-
                                       complishments written matched               Painter was hoping to see a         not need Obama in there.”                                                      certain about whether Virginia as
                                                                               Republican victory, although he                                                                                        a whole would support McCain.
ties to any political party.           the person holding the letter.
                                                                               was concerned that Virginia was
                                                                                                                       Emogene Goodbar, Rockbridge resident                                               But Johnston was trying to do
    With no opinion polls in Lex-          “Is that me? Is he talking about                                                                                                                           his part.
                                       me?” asked Harvey. “It was a            considered a swing state going
ington, signs became one way to                                                                                        will be okay,” Lindsay said.            best.”                                     “I never vote for a Democrat,”
                                       strange feeling to have someone         into Election Day.
predict the outcome. According to                                                                                          Another voter, Mary Ellen               Goodbar thought Rockbridge         he said.
                                       encapsulate you.”                           “I’m hoping to see McCain
Elrod, people view the signs and                                                                                       Kline, said she was tense awaiting      County would go Republican as
                                           For Elrod, the race was an          and Palin, but I guess it is kind of
automatically assume that party                                                                                        Tuesday’s results.                      it has in the past. The last time
                                       opportunity to meet with others         up in the air,” Painter said.
lines are already drawn.
                                                                                   In her first presidential elec-         “I don’t know if I can divulge
    Elrod may be an active Demo-
crat, but she claimed her political
                                       who would not necessarily share
                                       her views. She recently visited         tion, Riordan voted for Barack
                                                                               Obama, an experience she de-
                                                                                                                       [who I voted for] because if I get
                                                                                                                       started I will be sorry I said any-
                                                                                                                                                                      The Rockbridge Report
beliefs do not interfere with her      the Barger quarry in Rockbridge                                                 thing,” Kline said.
                                                                               scribed as exciting and liberating.
duties on City Council.                County and met with the owner,
                                                                                   “I’ve heard a lot of different          Several voters said they were       Layout Editors: Jacob Geiger and Alexandra Scaggs
    In fact, Elrod said she could      Chuck Barger.                                                                   glad finally to see Nov. 4.
not distinguish the political lean-        “It did make an impression on       things, so I have no clue what’s                                                Wire Editor: Colleen Evans
                                                                                                                           “I think it’s time to get on to
ings of her fellow council mem-        me,” she said. “It was the kind of      really going to happen,” she said.
                                                                                                                       doing what needs to be done with        Art and Graphics Editor: Dana Statton
                                                                               “I just hope that everyone votes
bers.                                  thing that led me to see the impor-
                                                                               for Barack.”                            this country,” Susan Dunlap said.       Copy Editor: Jamie Kim
    “You don’t act like a Democrat     tance of sitting down with people                                                   Emogene Goodbar agreed.
                                       that you won’t necessarily have             Other voters found themselves
or a Republican [on City Coun-                                                                                             “I’m glad it’s over, and I hope
                                       the same opinion as.”                   confused about whom to vote for.
cil],” Elrod said. “You just need to                                                                                   McCain gets it because we do not
                                                                               County resident Catherine Lind-
get the job done and take a practi-        Harvey said she will remain on
                                                                               say was more confused when she          need Obama in there,” Goodbar                 Advised by Professor Pamela Luecke
cal approach.”                         the city Planning Commission.
    For both candidates, the race
                                                                               left the polls than when she went       said. “I think the ones that are           Special thanks to W&L’s election night team.
                                                                                                                       going to vote for Obama are the
was a memorable and learning
                                                                                                                       ones that need the welfare help.        Produced by the Washington & Lee Journalism Dept.
                                                                                   “ I didn’t vote for who I thought
experience.                                                                                                            We need a change, a new change,
                                                                               I was going to vote for. I think it
    “It’s been a real education for                                                                                    and I think that this will be for the
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How Rockbridge voted
                  PRESIDENT                                                                    CONGRESS                                                                          SENATE

       John McCain                          Barack Obama                           Bob Goodlatte                           Sam Rasoul                            Jim Gilmore                           Mark Warner
    County: 56 percent                    County: 42 percent                    County: 63 percent                     County: 36 percent                    County: 38 percent                     County: 61 percent
   Lexington: 37 percent                 Lexington: 62 percent                 Lexington: 42 percent                  Lexington: 55 percent                 Lexington: 42 percent                  Lexington: 42 percent
  Buena Vista: 53 percent               Buena Vista: 46 percent               Buena Vista: 62 percent                Buena Vista: 37 percent               Buena Vista: 32 percent                Buena Vista: 67 percent

Warner clinches easy victory                                                                                                                             Republicans fall
                                                                                                                                                         in strongholds
By Claudia Vincenti                   ner nearly three-to-one.
Rockbridge Report                         Warner ran unsuccessfully for
                                      the Senate in 1996 but was elected
    Democrat Mark Warner deci-        governor in 2001. He served until
sively won Tuesday’s election to      2006 and surprised many in Vir-                                                                                    By The Associated Press                Mitch McConnell, who had been
become Virginia’s newest United       ginia and nationally when he an-                                                                                         House Democrats solidified       a target of national Democrats,
States Senator.                       nounced in October of that year                                                                                    their control of the Northeast and     won re-election against two-time
    Warner’s 63 to 37 percent win     that he was not seeking the Demo-                                                                                  made gains in the South on Tues-       Democratic gubernatorial candi-
over Republican Jim Gilmore           cratic presidential nomination.                                                                                    day by defeating Republicans           date Bruce Lunsford in a conten-
gives Virginia two Democrats in           His statewide popularity as                                                                                    from Connecticut to Arizona as         tious race.
the U.S. Senate and helps bolster     governor carried over into his bid                                                                                 they pushed for historic gains in          With Mark Warner’s victory in
the party’s position in Congress.     for the Senate seat. Warner was                                                                                    their majority.                        Virginia, Democrats now control
With two-thirds of the precincts      favored to win the Senate race                                                                                           “It’s the night we have been     both Senate seats and the gover-
reporting, Warner had 1.28 million    from the start.                                                                                                    waiting for,” said House Speaker       nor’s mansion.
votes and Gilmore had 731,630.            Gilmore served as governor                                                                                     Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.                     Reaching their goal of 60
Warner easily carried both Rock-      from 1998 to 2002 and briefly                                                                                           Ousting 22-year veteran Rep.      seats was a stretch. But having
bridge County and Lexington with      campaigned last year for the Re-                                                                                   Chris Shays in Connecticut gave        a majority in the high 50s would
similar margins.                      publican presidential nomination.                                                                                  Democrats every House seat from        enable Democrats to exercise far
    The two former Virginia gover-    Prior to his term as governor,                                                                                     New England. And their victory in      more control than they have now,
nors ran for the seat being vacated   Gilmore was attorney general of                                                                                    an open seat on New York’s Stat-       since some Republicans probably
by the retirement of longtime Re-                                                                                            Steve Helber / AP Photo
                                      Virginia from 1994-1997 and was                                                                                                            en Island      would join them in efforts to break
publican Senator and Washington       the commonwealth’s attorney of        Sen. Mark Warner won by more than 25 percentage points.                                              gave them      Senate logjams on many bills and
and Lee University alumnus John       Henrico County from 1988-1993.        having introduced a bipartisan,        rescue plan.                                                  control of     judicial appointments.
Warner. Warner is not related to          Rep. Tom Davis from North-        results-oriented approach to Rich-         During his term as gover-                                 all of New         Democrats had fewer seats to
the Democratic candidate.             ern Virginia, more moderate and       mond during his term as gover-         nor, Gilmore cut taxes for work-                              York City’s    defend than Republicans. Of the
    Mark Warner had gone into         with more money than Gilmore,         nor, and promised to bring that        ing families by $1.5 billion, as                              delegation     35 races on Tuesday’s ballot, 23
Election Day with a lead of 30        was a Republican challenger for       kind of leadership to Washington.      he promised when elected. He                                  in Wash-       are now held by Republicans, 12
percentage points in some polls.      the nomination but dropped out of     If elected to the Senate, he told      vowed to keep his word as sena-                               ington for     by Democrats.
According to those recent polls,      the race when the state party de-     voters, he would work to build         tor as well and promised to get the                           the    first       Another possible pickup for
Gilmore had the support of 78         cided to pick its nominee with a      a coalition of moderate senators       country back on track and get the                             time in 35     Democrats: Sen. Ted Stevens, R-
percent of Virginia Republicans,      convention rather than a primary.     who are willing to fight for results   economy moving forward again.                                    years.      Alaska. Stevens, at 84, the longest
with Warner backed by nearly one      Gilmore defeated Del. Bob Mar-        instead of partisan advantage. He          For many observers, Gilmore’s     Sen. Elizabeth Dole                    serving Republican in Senate his-
of five GOP voters. Ninety-seven      shall of Prince William County at     also promised to look out for the      defeat showed the decline of the      lost in North Carolina. D e m o -      tory, sought re-election despite
percent of Democrats said they        the convention.                       taxpayers to make sure their in-       traditional conservative right’s                                crats        calls from GOP leaders to resign
supported their party’s candidate.        Warner prided himself on          terests are protected in a financial   control of the state.                 ousted four Republican incum-          after he was convicted last week

Goodlatte thumps Rasoul
Unaffiliated voters favored War-                                                                                                                         bents and captured five open GOP       of seven counts of lying on Senate
                                                                                                                                                         seats. Republicans knocked off         financial disclosure forms.
                                                                                                                                                         two Democratic incumbents.                 He was locked in a tight con-
                                                                                                                                                                With nearly 300 of the 435      test with Democrat Mark Begich,
                                                                                                                                                         House races decided, Democrats         the mayor of Anchorage. Another

Incumbent wins ninth term by significant margin                                                                                                          held leads for more than a dozen
                                                                                                                                                         other Republican-held seats.
                                                                                                                                                                                                closely contested race was in Min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                nesota, where Republican incum-
By Cameron Steele                                                                                                                                             Democrats fattened their ma-      bent Coleman was challenged by
Rockbridge Report                                                                                                                                        jority control of the Senate, oust-    Democrat Al Franken, the former
    Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte eas-                                                                                                              ing Republican Sens. Elizabeth         “Saturday Night Live” writer and
ily beat out the grassroots campaign of Demo-                                                                                                            Dole of North Carolina and John        actor.
crat Sam Rasoul to win the battle for Virginia’s                                                                                                         Sununu of New Hampshire and                Republicans held the Nebraska
6th Congressional District Tuesday. With 80                                                                                                              capturing seats held by retiring       seat of retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel,
percent of the district reporting, Goodlatte had                                                                                                         GOP senators in Virginia, New          with former Gov. Mike Johanns
64 percent of the vote and Rasoul had 34 per-                                                                                                            Mexico and Colorado.                   defeating Democrat Scott Kleeb,
cent.                                                                                                                                                           With 29 of 35 Senate races      a cattle rancher. Johanns resigned
    Goodlatte, from the Roanoke area, has                                                                                                                called, Democrats were guaran-         as Bush’s agriculture secretary to
cruised to victory in all of his races since he                                                                                                          teed at least a 55-45 majority,        make the race.
first won election in 1992.                                                                                                                              including two holdover indepen-            Republican incumbent sena-
    The 27-year-old Rasoul campaigned for                                                                                                                dents who vote with Democrats.         tors who cruised to re-election in-
nearly two years straight, starting just after                                                                                                           But they were hoping for even          cluded Lindsay Graham in South
Goodlatte won 76 percent of the vote in a land-                                                                                                          greater gains in a political en-       Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine,
slide over two independents in 2006. Rasoul                                                                                                              vironment that clearly favored         Jeff Sessions in Alabama, James
based much of his campaign on a platform                                                                                                                 Democrats.                             Inhofe in Oklahoma, Lamar Al-
of congressional reform, promising to return                                                                                                                     North Carolina state Sen.      exander in Tennessee, Pat Roberts
governmental control to the middle class and                                                                                                             Kay Hagan, little known political-     in Kansas, Thad Cochran of Mis-
vowing not to take special interest or party                                                                                                             ly before her run, defeated Dole       sissippi, John Cornyn of Texas
money in the meantime.                                                                                                                                   -- a former Cabinet member in          and Michael Enzi in Wyoming.
    But as Election Day dawned it was clear                                                                                                              two Republican administrations         Sen. John Barrasso, appointed af-
it would be a losing battle for the nation’s                                                                                                             and 2000 presidential hopeful.         ter Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas
                                                                                                           The Roanoke Times, Kyle Green/AP Photo                                               died, was elected to fill the re-
youngest congressional candidate, an entre-                                                                                                              Dole had tried to tie Hagan, a for-
preneur and activist from Botetourt County.        Bob Goodlatte campaigns in Roanoke on November 4.                                                     mer Presbyterian Sunday school         maining four years of Thomas’
Even Rasoul’s supporters acknowledged it                                                                                                                 teacher, to atheists in an ad that     term.
                                                   Allen raised $10,005 – 95 percent of it self-      though those who heard him speak were im-                                                     Democratic senators easily
would be tough.                                                                                                                                          appeared to backfire.
                                                   financed – and had about $2,000 in cash on         pressed by his message, few Rockbridge                                                    winning re-election included Jay
    With 16 years of experience, Goodlatte is                                                                                                                In New Hampshire, former
                                                   hand.                                              County citizens showed up for the events.                                                 Rockefeller of West Virginia, Dick
comfortable in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.                                                                                                            Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen
                                                       Even as the heavy favorite, Goodlatte saw         Goodlatte, on the other hand, launched a                                               Durbin of Illinois, John Kerry of
And he had a lot of support from the tradition-                                                                                                          defeated Sununu in a rematch of
                                                   the need to raise money. To distinguish himself    campaign that left Rasoul in the dust. He even                                            Massachusetts, Frank Lauten-
ally conservative citizens in his district.                                                                                                              their 2002 contest.
    “I think Goodlatte’s been a wonderful ser-
                                                   from the rest of the Republican ticket, GOP        gained recognition from observers such as
                                                                                                                                                             Democrats now exercise a           berg of New Jersey, Carl Levin of
                                                   6th District Vice Chairman Scott Sayre said,       the men’s magazine Esquire, which endorsed                                                Michigan, Tim Johnson of South
vant for the community,” Mildred Goughner, a                                                                                                             slim 51-49 control of the cham-
                                                   Goodlatte focused on his history of bipartisan-    Goodlatte for his “independent record on com-                                             Dakota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas,
volunteer from the Rockbridge Area Republi-                                                                                                              ber. Democrats were reaching for
can Committee, said last week. When asked if
                                                   ship.                                              munications and agriculture.”
                                                                                                                                                         a coveted 60-seat, filibuster-proof    Max Baucus of Montana, Tom
                                                       “He’s got a lot of good policies that make        Goodlatte and Rasoul debated three times                                               Harkin of Iowa and Jack Reed of
she was concerned with Rasoul’s presence in                                                                                                              Senate majority.
                                                   common sense and appeal to both Democrats          throughout the race, once accompanied by Al-                                              Rhode Island.
the race, Goughner laughed.                                                                                                                                  In pair of western races, Reps.
                                                   and Republicans,” Sayre said.                      len. They avoided attacks on each other almost                                                In the House, GOP Rep. Tom
    “Oh, no, I don’t think so,” she said.                                                                                                                Tom and Mark Udall took over
                                                       But Oxford said despite poll numbers and       entirely, although Rasoul didn’t hesitate to                                              Feeney -- under fire for ties to
    But Rasoul was able to win the majority                                                                                                              Senate seats held by retiring Re-
                                                   fundraising amounts, name recognition for          point out Goodlatte’s broken pledge to serve                                              disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff
in Lexington, a historically “blue” area in the                                                                                                          publicans. Tom Udall, the son of
                                                   Rasoul had increased in Rockbridge County          only six terms.                                                                           -- was the first incumbent to fall,
midst of a conservative county. He won just                                                                                                              former Interior Secretary Stewart
                                                   over the past couple of months.                       “When you give your word, that means                                                   losing to former state Rep. Su-
over 55 percent of the city vote.                                                                                                                        Udall, defeated Republican Rep.
                                                       “He’s worked extremely hard and he’s re-       something. And here you have the incumbent                                                zanne Kosmas. To the east, Rep.
    Goodlatte had the clear fundraising edge                                                                                                             Steve Pearce to succeed Pete Do-
                                                   lentless,” he said.                                who said ‘I’m going to go, do my job, work                                                Ric Keller, R-Fla., lost to Demo-
over Rasoul and independent challenger Jan-                                                                                                              menici in New Mexico. Tom’s
                                                       Rasoul spent the past 21 months spreading      hard for you, then I’m leaving.’ Well, he didn’t                                          cratic attorney Alan Grayson, in
ice Lee Allen. According to the Center for                                                                                                               cousin Mark, the son of the late
                                                   his name and ideas across the district’s 19 cit-   keep his word,” said Rasoul.                                                              an increasingly Hispanic district
Responsive Politics, he raised more than $1.3                                                                                                            Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona,
                                                   ies and counties.                                     But Goodlatte’s broken promise apparently                                              in Orlando.
million – with equal parts coming from indi-                                                                                                             won the Colorado seat held by
                                                       Rasoul touted his campaign message in          didn’t dissuade voters. His victory over Rasoul
viduals and political action committees – and                                                                                                            Republican Wayne Allard, who
                                                   Lexington at public and class meetings at          marks the beginning of his ninth term.
had $1.1 million in cash on hand. Rasoul                                                                                                                 did not seek re-election.
                                                   Washington and Lee University. But even
raised $285,593 and had $87,000 on hand.                                                                                                                     Senate Republican leader
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                                                                                  Obama wins
continued from page 1                   or ideology but a mandate for
challenges: confronting the worst       change,” said Senate Majority
economic conditions since the           leader Harry Reid of Nevada.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MT                                                                                                             ME
Great Depression, determining               Said Speaker Nancy Pelosi of                                                                                                                                                                                                          OR                                                                    MN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VT        NH
the next steps in two lingering         California: “Tonight the Ameri-                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ID                                    SD                              WI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NY              MA           State
wars, and leading his Democrats,        can people have called for a new          Electoral votes                                                                                                            270 needed to win
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IA                                       PA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RI          winner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NE                                                                              CT
                                                                                  Obama                                                                                                                                                           309                                     NV                                                                                                  OH
including liberals expecting that       direction. They have called for           McCain                                                              120
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           IL       IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CA                                                         KS                     MO                                      VA
the change he promises will come        change in America.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MD                    Not called/

instantly. It won’t.                        Shortly after 11 p.m. in the          Nationwide popular vote                                                                                                                                                                                            AZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   OK             AR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TN                                         DC               no data
                                                                                  Obama                                                                                                                                                         50.9%
    With Democrats expanding            East, The Associated Press count          McCain                                                                                                                                                   47.8%                                                                                                                     LA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MS       AL        GA                          OBAMA                     MCCAIN
their majorities in both the House      showed Obama with 338 electoral           Others        1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FL                    CHANGED PARTY
and Senate, Obama will have to          vote, well over the 270 needed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             HI                                                                                                              from 2004 election
                                                                                  State breakdown of electoral votes
figure out how to lead a country        for victory. McCain had 127 after         OBAMA • BIDEN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MCCAIN • PALIN
that’s more conservative than lib-      winning states that comprised the
eral while trying to satisfy the left   normal Republican base.                                CA             CT        DE        FL         IA       IL        MA    MD             MI       MN        NJ   NM            NY               OH       OR     PA     RI VA VT            AK          CO     GA HI             IN   MO        NC NE                 SD            AL AR          KY LA MS               OK        TN             TX    UT        WY

                                                                                                                   DC                                                       ME                     NH                                                                             WI          AZ                    ID                MT                    NV        WA                 KS                   ND          SC                             WV
wing of his party.                          The nationwide popular vote
    The popular vote was close,         was remarkably close. Totals              NUMBER OF ELECTORS                                                                                                                                      270 electoral votes needed
                                                                                  Sorted alphabetically by postal code                                                                                                                      to win the presidency
but not the count in the Electoral      from 58 percent of the nation’s                                                                                                     Seattle

College, where it mattered most.        precincts showed Obama with 51                                                                                                        WA
                                                                                  Geography of
    There, Obama’s audacious de-        percent and McCain with 47.9.             the popular vote                                                                                                                                                                           ND                                                                                       COUNTY POPULAR VOTE
                                                                                                                                                                      Portland                                                       MT
cision to contest McCain in states          Interviews with voters suggest-       54.7% of precincts reporting
                                                                                  nationwide in presidential race                                                                                                                                                                                         MN                                                                                                                            VT
that hadn’t gone Democratic in          ed that almost six in 10 women                                                                                                OR
                                                                                              LEADER IN                                                                                                 ID                                                                                  Minneapolis                                                                                                                                              Boston
years paid rich dividends.              were backing Obama nationwide,                        EACH COUNTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WI                                                                                       NY            MA
    Obama has said his first order      while men leaned his way by a              OBAMA                                                                                                                                                  WY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MI                                                                    CT RI
of presidential business will be to     narrow margin. Just over half of          MCCAIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               IA                                                                                                                          New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NE                                                      Chicago                                                                      PA                NJ
tackle the economy. He has also         whites supported McCain, giving            OTHER
                                                                                     Less than 70% More than 70%                                       San Francisco                 NV                                                                                                                                                                                             OH                                    MD
pledged to withdraw most U.S.           him a slim advantage in a group                    of precincts reporting                                                                                             UT                                          Denver                                                                           IL                    IN                                                                     DE
combat troops from Iraq within          that Bush carried overwhelmingly                               Not called/no data                                       CA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CO                                                                 St. Louis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WV                           Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KS                                                                                                                              VA
16 months.                              in 2004.                                                       Tie/runoff
    Fellow Democrats rode his               The results of the AP survey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NC
                                                                                              CALLED STATES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TN
coattails to larger majorities in       were based on a preliminary par-                                                                                      Los                                        AZ                                                                              OK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NM                                                                                                                                                                                                    ELECTORAL
both houses of Congress. They           tial sample of nearly 10,000 vot-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AR                                                                                  SC                                 COLLEGE VOTE
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Phoenix                                                                                                                                                                    Atlanta                                                     ALLOCATION:
defeated incumbent Republicans          ers in Election Day polls and in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AL                                                                        All states and D.C.
                                                                                                                                             RI                                                                                                                                   Dallas                                                  MS                                           GA                                                are winner-takes-all,
and won open seats by turn.             telephone interviews over the past                                                                   DE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         except for Maine and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nebraska where two
                                                                                                                                             MD                              AK
    The 47-year-old Illinois sena-      week for early voters.                                                                               DC                                                                                                                              TX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         electoral votes go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LA                                                                                                               the state winner and
tor was little known just four years        Democrats also acclaimed                                                                                                                                              HI                                                                              Houston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               one goes to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                winner of each
ago. A widely praised speech at         Senate successes by former Gov.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FL                                      congressional
the Democratic National Con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Unofficial results
                                        Mark Warner in Virginia, Rep.             Popular vote by                                                          Seattle                                                                                                                                                                   as of 11:03 p.m. EST
vention, delivered when he was          Tom Udall in New Mexico and               county population                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NOTE: Alaska results are statewide only                                              Miami
merely a candidate for the Senate,      Rep. Mark Udall in Colorado. All          Leader in counties with more than
                                                                                  70 percent of precincts reporting
changed that.                           won seats left open by Republican         COUNTY POPULATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Minneapolis                                                                  Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Senate results                                               Darker color indicates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   seat changed party
    Overnight he became a sought-       retirements.                              2007 estimates                                                                                                                                                                             Detroit

                                                                                             50,000                                                                                                                                                  Chicago                                               New York
after surrogate campaigner, and he          In New Hampshire, former                         100,000                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philadelphia
had scarcely settled into his Sen-      Gov. Jeanne Shaheen defeated                          500,000                            Francisco                                                     Denver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            St. Louis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             0                                                                                             5
ate seat when he began preparing        Republican Sen. John Sununu                           1 million
for his run for the White House.        in a rematch of their 2002 race,                                                               Los Angeles

    A survey of voters leaving          and Sen. Elizabeth Dole fell to                         5 million                                                                    Phoenix                                                                                         Atlanta
polling places on Tuesday showed        Democrat Kay Hagan in North                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24

the economy was by far the top          Carolina.                                                                                                                                                                           Houston
                                                                                                 10 million                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SPECIAL ELECTION:                              WY               MS
Election Day issue. Six in 10 vot-          Democrats also looked for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6    12       10
ers said so, and none of the other      gains in the House. They found                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5        8      7

                                        their first in Florida, defeating
top issues -- energy, Iraq, terror-                                               House of Representatives breakdown                                                                                                                                                                 1        0     3     3    6        5        4    5        4        4        0    10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5      0    1     0   2      2
                                                                                  Voting members only
ism and health care -- was picked       Rep. Tom Feeney, and another in           DEMOCRATS                   0     0        0     1     1        1   0     0     0     2        2        2   0     0    0     0       2        3     0     2

by more than one in 10.                 Connecticut, where 22-year vet-                                       AK DE MT ND SD VT WY HI                            ID ME NH RI NE NM NV UT WV AR KS MS CT IA OK OR KY SC AL CO LA AZ MD MN WI                                                                                           IN MO TN WA MA VA GA NC NJ MI OH IL PA FL NY TX CA
    “May God bless whoever wins         eran Chris Shays was swept away           REPUBLICANS                  0  1  0  0  0  0  0 0                              0  0  0 0   2  0  0  0  1  1  1  1  0  0  4  0  4  3  4  0  4  1  1  1 3                                                                                             4  2  4  0  0  5  7  5  5 2   4  4  4 12 3 17 2

tonight,” President Bush told din-      by the Democratic tide.                   2006                                                                      233 Seats                                                                                                                                                                                   202 Seats                                                         51.6% of precincts reporting

ner guests at the White House,              The resurgent Democrats also          2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               435 total

where his tenure runs out on Jan.       elected a governor in one of the          178 Seats                                                                                                                                         145 Not called                                                                                                                                                                                                  112 Seats

20.                                     nation’s traditional bellwether           Senate breakdown                                                                                                                                                          50%
    The Democratic leaders of           states when Missouri Attorney             2006                                                                      49 Seats                                                                             2 Seats                                                                                                49 Seats                                                          62.2% of precincts reporting

Congress celebrated in Washing-         General Jay Nixon won his race.           2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               100 total

ton.                                                                              53 Seats                                                                                                                                                                         2 Seats      7 Not called                                                                                                                                                         38 Seats

    “It is not a mandate for a party                                            SOURCES: AP Election Research; USGS; Census Bureau                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J. Balestrieri, C. Osgood, N. Rapp • AP

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                                                                                                                                                                continued from page 1                                                                            day was hardly safe.                                                                                      since Robert Russa Moton Moton
                                                                                                                                                                population of 7 million. In cam-                                                                     Against the backdrop of Wild-                                                                         High School’s black student body
                                                                                                                                                                paigning for Tim Kaine for gov-                                                                  er’s win, the mere fact of Obama’s                                                                        walked out in protest of substan-
                                                                                                                                                                ernor in 2005 and Jim Webb for                                                                   contesting Virginia carried enor-                                                                         dard conditions 57 years ago and
                                                                                                                                                                Senate a year later, he attracted                                                                mous emotion for some.                                                                                    Obama winning Prince Edward
                                                                                                                                                                large and enthusiastic crowds.                                                                       In Farmville, Rita Moseley                                                                            County on Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                                    Obama also had history on his                                                                voted at a polling place near a                                                                               “I haven’t cried yet. But if that
                                                                                                                                                                side in Virginia, where in 1989,                                                                 former all-black school. Moseley,                                                                         happens, at that moment ...” she
                                                                                                                                                                L. Douglas Wilder was narrowly                                                                   62, said she was among the black                                                                          said, unable to go on.
                                                                                                                                                                elected the nation’s first black                                                                 students who had to leave town                                                                                Bob Gibson, director of the
                                                                                                                                                                governor. Polls before that elec-                                                                to attend school elsewhere after                                                                          Sorenson Institute at the Univer-
                                                                                                                                                                tion, however, showed Wilder                                                                     Prince Edward County closed its                                                                           sity of Virginia, said the key for
                                                                                                                                                                with a double-digit lead, a sure                                                                 public schools in the late 1950s                                                                          Obama was compning Bush’s un-
                                                                                                                                                                sign that whatever edge Obama                                                                    rather than integrate them.                                                                               popularity with the state’s chang-
                                                                                                                                                                might have gained before Tues-                                                                       Moseley pondered the change                                                                           ing demographics.

Across America, black voters rejoice after historic win
The Associated Press                    say? We’re going to the mountain-     twins, Justin and Jasmine, to vote                                                tion “just a wonderful remem-                                                                    Obama.                                                                                                    water, desperate black families
                                        top? That’s how I feel,” said Delo-   for Obama.                                                                        brance of what America is -- that                                                                    “People will grow to trust him                                                                        begging from rooftops for help
    WASHINGTON -- Less than
                                        res Oliver, standing in the parking       They were in line at Burke                                                    people freely have the capacity to                                                               -- if they don’t already,” he said.                                                                       that was too slow to arrive.
five miles from the White House,
                                        lot of the hilltop Washington View    High School in Charleston, S.C.,                                                  progress.”                                                                                       “I think it’s genetic in us, to worry                                                                         In the Lower 9th Ward, at Mar-
separated by a river and so much
                                        Apartments, with the famous part      next to the Citadel military acade-                                                   Riley cited the landmark                                                                     about superficial things.”                                                                                tin Luther King Jr. Charter School,
history, people spoke of popping
                                        of Washington spread out in the       my, whose cadets fired on a Union                                                 Brown vs. Board of Education de-                                                                     Today, America celebrates                                                                             the voter lines were short Tuesday
champagne, of winning the lot-
                                        distance below.                       steamer en route to Fort Sumter                                                   cision: To be here 54 years later,                                                               what began in Topeka. But race in                                                                         -- not because of a lack of interest
tery. They remembered those who
                                            “Look where black people          on Jan. 9, 1861. They were not                                                    he said, was “just a wonderful fact                                                              America is also about scars, deep                                                                         -- but because the neighborhood is
died before witnessing this day,
                                        came from,” said Dasmin Hol-          far from where slaves had been                                                    about America.”                                                                                  and persistent.                                                                                           still a sparse landscape.
and they stored away “I Voted”
                                        laway, a black college student,       traded.                                                                               The Brown decision took its                                                                      “This election is important,”                                                                             Josetta White, 39, and her
stickers as if they were precious
                                        not far from where nine students          “When I was a kid and my                                                      name from Oliver Brown, whose                                                                    said Jim Armstead, a long-time                                                                            daughter Clare, 12, showed up
                                        faced down angry crowds and the       mom told me I could be president,                                                 daughter had to take a bus to                                                                    republican who voted in Lexing-                                                                           with two goals. First, the mother
    In the often forgotten neigh-
                                        governor in 1957 to integrate Cen-    I didn’t believe it,” said Palmer,                                                segregated Monroe Elementary                                                                     ton, Va., “maybe one of the most                                                                          would vote for the man she be-
borhood of Anacostia, people
                                        tral High School in Little Rock.      who is black. “But if he wins to-                                                 School, kept out of a white school                                                               important elections we’ve had                                                                             lieved gave the New Orleans its
talked about history -- slavery and
                                            “We started off as slaves,”       day, when I tell my son, `Hey, you                                                much closer to their home.                                                                       within the last hundred years.”                                                                           best shot at revival.
separate water fountains. They
                                        Hollaway said after voting for        could be president one day,’ he                                                       The building, in Topeka, Kan.,                                                                   There is New Orleans, also an                                                                             “It can’t get any worse,” the
reached in vain for adjectives
                                        Obama. “Now look.”                    will believe it.”                                                                 is now a national historic site. And                                                             old slave-trade city. In the Cres-                                                                        older White said. “I voted for him
that were big enough. Some just
                                            George Palmer, a 41-year-old          At another voting precinct in                                                 on Tuesday, in what used to be a                                                                 cent City, only three years ago, a                                                                        (Obama) not because I think he
leaned out of car windows and
                                        computer analyst, considered the      Charleston, the white longtime                                                    second-floor classroom, Ralph                                                                    natural disaster forced Americans                                                                         can change everything, but be-
shouted: “Obamaaaaaa!”
                                        weight of it as he waited with his    mayor, Joseph P. Riley Jr., was                                                   Hoover, a white, 68-year-old re-                                                                 to confront images of impover-                                                                            cause I think he’ll try. ... Either
    “What did Martin Luther King
                                        wife, Joetta, and their 5-year-old    waiting in line. He called the elec-                                              tired probation officer, voted for                                                               ished black neighborhoods under                                                                           way it ends, this is history today.”

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