Exit Polls Reveal Trouble for Dems

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Exit polls of Virginia voters reveal independents sided with Bob McDonnell.

This from Associated Press: "Democrats had won big victories in Virginia in 2006 and 2008, but interviews with voters leaving polling stations in the swing state on Tuesday were filled with signs of possible trouble for Obama and his party heading into an important midterm election year.

The exit polls showed that nearly a third of voters described themselves as independents - the crown jewel of elections because
they often determine outcomes - and they preferred McDonnell by
almost a 2-1 margin over Deeds. The surveys also indicated that the
Democrats had difficulty turning out their base, including the swarms of first-time minority and youth voters whom Obama attracted as part of his diverse coalition.

More than four in 10 voters in Virginia said their view of Obama factored into their choice on Tuesday, and those voters roughly split between expressing support for Obama and voting against him. People who said they disapprove of Obama's job approval voted overwhelmingly Republican, and those who approve of the president
favored Deeds, the Democrat.

After more than a year of recession, the economy trumped all other issues for voters in exit polls."

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