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Conservative Ranking


Virginia is the 24th most conservative state, voting 5.7% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Virginia is trending is DEMOCRAT.

GOP Trend Ranking


Virginia ranks 40th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent John Warner is retiring in 2009 at the end of his fifth term.

    GOP Candidates

  • James Gilmore, III - Former Governor of Virginia  
  • Robert Marshall - Virginia State Delegate
  • Robert Barry

    DEM Candidates

  • Mark Warner - Former Governor of Virginia  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 2
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Thelma Drake is up for a 3rd term in 2008.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Thelma Drake - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Glenn Nye, III  

    Party nominee -

  •  

    District 11
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Tom Davis is retiring in 2009 at the end of his seventh term.

    GOP Candidates

  • Keith Fimian - Customs Inspector  

    DEM Candidates

  • Gerald Connolly - Farifax County Chairman  
  • Leslie Byrne - Former U.S. Representative from Virginia
  • Doug Denneny - Navy Pilot
  • Lori Alexander

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Robert Wittman (R)-inc vs. Keith Hummel (D)
  • District 3:  Bobby Scott (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 4:  Randy Forbes (R)-inc vs. Andrea Miller (D)
  • District 5:  Virgil Goode, Jr. (R)-inc vs. Tom Perriello (D)
  • District 6:  Bob Goodlatte (R)-inc vs. Sam Rasoul (D)
  • District 7:  Eric Cantor (R)-inc vs. Anita Hartke (D)
  • District 8:  Jim Moran, Jr. (D)-inc vs. Mark Ellmore (R)
  • District 9:  Rick Boucher (D)-inc  (unopposed)
  • District 10:  Frank Wolf (R)-inc vs. Judy Feder (D)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 12, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • April 11, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 10, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 8 GOP, 3 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - DEM control 19 GOP, 21 DEM
      State House - GOP control 53 GOP, 45 DEM, 2 IND

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Tim Kaine (D) - 1st term, barred from running in 2009
  • Lt. Governor:  Bill Bolling (R) - 1st term, next election in 2009
  • Senior Senator:  John Warner (R) - 5th term, not seeking re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  James Webb, Jr. (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Robert Wittman (R) - 1st term (partial)
  • House District 2:  Thelma Drake (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 3:  Bobby Scott (D) - 8th term
  • House District 4:  Randy Forbes (R) - 4th term
  • House District 5:  Virgil Goode (R) - 6th term
  • House District 6:  Bob Goodlatte (R) - 8th term
  • House District 7:  Eric Cantor (R) - 4th term
  • House District 8:  Jim Moran, Jr. (D) - 9th term
  • House District 9:  Rick Boucher (D) - 13th term
  • House District 10:  Frank Wolf (R) - 14th term
  • House District 11:  Tom Davis, III (R) - 7th term (retiring)

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Strong GOP -- Mod GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Weak GOP -- -- Weak Dem
    Class 2 -- Solid GOP -- --

    Governor
    (2001-05)
    Mod Dem -- Mod DEM --

    House 6 G, 4 D, 1 I 8 GOP - 3 DEM 8 GOP - 3 DEM 8 GOP - 3 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Weak GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP Weak GOP
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-5 Solid IND Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-6 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-7 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-8 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-9 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-10 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-11 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Strong GOP

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party changes not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2002 election.
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Virginia Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate (open)
    Jim Gilmore
    vs
    Mark Warner
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 2
    Thelma Drake
    vs
    Glenn Nye, III
    Projected Winner
    House District 11 (open)
    Keith Fimian
    vs
    Gerry Connolly
    Projected Winner
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