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Election Coverage 2009

Style Weekly's coverage of the 2009 election season. From the primaries to the voting booth.



Wilder Slept Here (1/13/09) - What better way to kick off an election year than with a tribute to one of Richmond's most popular, successful and effective mayors, L. Douglas Wilder.

Deeds vs. McDonnell (9/1/09) - Both men are solid, acceptable candidates. McDonnell may have more personal appeal and a better chance to mobilize his party's base, but Deeds is closer to the average voter in terms of ideology.

McDonnell, Picture Perfect (11/5/09) - A partisan bow to a flawless campaign, regardless of Deeds' stumbles.

Misaligned (11/10/09) - How Virginia Democrats overestimated the power of Obama and underestimated the importance of independent voters. 

Presumptive Politics (11/10/09) - Much like the Mary Sue Terry debacle in 1993, too many assumptions doomed the Democrats and Creigh Deeds.

Losing Legacy (11/10/09) - The Republican thumping of 2009 forever damages the political legacy of the state's ranking Democrat, Gov. Tim Kaine.

Shilling for Bob (11/10/09) - The McDonnell ad sets a disturbing precedent, opening the door to possible political intimidation of state workers in the future.


News & Features

What's a Nice Guy Like Tim Kaine Doing in a Job Like This? (2/24/09) - Just how did Mr. Nice Guy wind up so deeply entrenched in partisan politics?

Clinton Stops By (4/27/09) - At the Farmers' Market, president stumps for gubernatorial hopeful and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe.

Surprise, a Debate! (5/5/09) - Bob McDonnell's coincidental private Wilder lunch. 

The Popularity Platform (7/21/09) - Sure, there are issues. But with gubernatorial candidates embracing social media like never before, Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell want to be your friends too.

Irreverent Wilder (10/6/09) - Former governor and Richmond mayor's political blessing no longer matters, say some.

Final Stretch (10/20/09) - With less than two weeks until Election Day, Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds tackle our 17 questions on government, education — and what's for dinner.

McDonnell's Power Surge (11/4/09) - Sans cowboy boots and snuff, the latest GOP takeover is kinder, gentler.


Gubernatorial Kickoff (Requires Windows Media Player)

Gubernatorial Candidates Try Comedy (2/13/09) - A night of laughs and crickets at the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association's annual dinner.

Virginia GOP Removes Party Chairman (4/6/09) - Supporters rally, but it's not enough to save Delegate Jeffrey Frederick.


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