News-Herald calls race for Kaine, Nov. 8, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

It’s 6:15 p.m. on Election Day and I’m proud that the editor’s blog at the Suffolk News-Herald is the first to call the race for Virginia’s governor for Democrat Tim Kaine.

Even though the polls won’t close for another 45 minutes, I have sound scientific reasoning for making the call.

When I voted at 7:30 this morning at the Eclipse-Crittenden-Hobson Ruritan House, my friend and neighbor Ira Steingold was in the parking lot passing out Kaine literature. I did not see a Republican counterpart doing the same. That’s a big advantage for Kaine.


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In addition, turnout was apparently huge. There were six people inside the polling place this morning and for the first time in three elections in which I’ve cast ballots in Eclipse, I had to wait before going into the polling booth.

Even though it was only a matter of seconds, that nonetheless represents a huge turnout and conventional political wisdom holds Democrats like large turnouts.

I’ve not seen official numbers, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if literally dozens of people voted at Eclipse today.

So no need to wait up tonight watching results, this election’s been called.