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

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.