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August 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

It’s looking more and more like the Obama campaign has decided that Virginia is their #1 battleground state for the coming general election. Rumors have circulated for some time now about Obama choosing VA Governor Tim Kaine as his VP and it was just announced that former VA Governor (and current VA Senatorial candidate) Mark Warner will be delivering the key note speech at the Democratic Convention.

I suppose it’s possible to read this as the Obama campaign trying to give Warner the extra boost that such a high profile appearance would bring as he attempts to filled the seat vacated by Republican Senator John Warner (no relation), but that seems unlikely, if for no other reason than it would be a strategic “waste” during a potentially close contest. It seems far likelier that Obama is building a broad strategy for targeting VA voters. Picking Kaine would cement his support in the decidely-blue Northern Virginia area, but aligning closely with Warner potentially earns him some swing voters in the rural portions of the state (Warner has historically performed quite well with “red” voters in the state).

Of course, this may ALSO mean that Obama has decided to pass of Kaine and is trying to placate VA voters by giving Warner a marquee spot at the convention. I’ll admit that I’d be disappointed to see him pass on Kaine, who I actually like quite a bit.


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