Monday, September 10, 2012
Ten People Who Will Decide Who Becomes President (4 of 10)
Today, we focus on my home state of Virginia, with this fictional person in mind:
Name: Nelson Faulk
Occupation: Naval Officer
Party Affiliation: Independent
Residency: Norfolk, Va.
Will Likely Vote For: Obama on a coin-toss
In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama got 71 percent of the vote in Norfolk. While the city is overwhelmingly Democratic surrounding areas, such as Virginia Beach, tend to vote Republican.
The Hampton Roads area is home to both a large naval base and the Rev. Pat Robertson's headquarters, so it's not surprising that both Obama and Mitt Romney have sought this region out on the campaign trail. In fact, Romney declared Paul Ryan to be his running mate aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk.
Radical right-wing candidate Virgil Goode, a former member of Congress from Rocky Mount, Va., who served as a Republican and (before that) ironically as a Democrat, will take a long-shot at becoming Virginia's ninth president as he represents the Constitution Party.