Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Friday, June 10, 2005

100 Hours

Until the Polls Close.


At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am beginning to believe that the only people interested in these HOD races are on this and similar boards! Seriously.

I am somewhat depressed by the few people who a) still do NOT know there is a primary on Tuesday; b) know there is a primary but are not at all interested in voting; and c) have no idea about any of the candidates for any race.

I have been door-to-door for the last 4 weekends in places with very hot Delegate races, and this is what I have seen.

On a positive note, I applaud those who are out working today, no matter what candidate.

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous bruce said...

The most interesting thing people tell me is that they can't vote in the primaries because they are not registered with a party but are independents.

It amazes me how many people think we have party registration in the state and that they are prohibited from voting this week.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You make a good observation. I have seen that as well. I have even met a few militant independents who don't EVER want to vote in a primary. (I guess you get a disease from voting these days.) Even when I explain that you can go D this time and R next time, there are very few takers.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Jarvis' bid to unseat Ed Scott in the 30th is over. The U.S. Mail delivered to every district voter *FIVE* Scott campaign pieces yesterday and the Culpeper Star-Exponent, the district's largest newspaper and only daily, endorsed Scott today.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

5 pieces makes it over???

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Missy said...

Why would you send 5 pieces of mail in one day? Seems like a waste of money to me.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Five pieces in one day? That sounds like a campaign that doesn't know its head from its elbow.

Churches vs. incumbency. Five pieces in one day? Pfft!

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be....or it could be a delay in the USPS...there are a lot of things that can cause multiple mailings to hit.

And, in all likelihood some of those campign from independent expenditures that would be dropping to their own schedule.

Five pieces...not the greatest thing, but not something that a campaign always has control over.

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ehh. . . two or three? Maybe. FIVE?

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the 30th and I didn't get five. Previous post is correct---campaigns don't control USPS, particularly into an area like the 30th.
In addition to the newspaper endorsement, the buried news of the day here is that today's paper has retractions of two endorsements claimed by the Jarvis campaign in yesterday's Star-Exponent. You won't find that on-line and papers hate to print corrections, but this one is over.

At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is really hard to control mail into a place like the 30th.

The district is split between two sectional facitilies. If you drop all of your stuff in one, then the people who live in range of that facility get stuff instantanelously, while people who live in the service area of the other can wait days for the same piece to show up.

If the campaign mails from Richmond or somewhere else, that drags it our even longer.

Other things can impact did the campaign sort the mail before entering it? Letter mail can have a different speed of delivery than "flat" mail.

And then there is the USPS itself. Simply entering two pieces of mail on two different days does not guarantee the pieces will be delivered on different days. If the USPS is short-staffed or if they have a crush of mail or someone misplaces the mail temporarily, there will be a delay that might cause a double hit. Or sometimes a carrier may not be able to sort all of his mail for the day and leaves some for the next day. That is why a mailing can hit two blocks from you, bur you do not get it that day.

Dealing with inconsistent postal deliver is a constant problem, not only in campaigns, but in commercial mailing too.

And then there is always the possibility that the campaign intended to drop at least some of the mail simultaneously. Maybe they dropped a positive piece and a different looking negative mailer. There is nothing wrong with that strategically.

So while five pieces of mail is not the first choice, there are a lot of reasons it can happen without campaign incompetence.

Its the USPS...if it were reliable it would cost more than 37 cents to mail a letter....

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Jarvis said...

The people complaining about Ed Scott's mail are probably Mark Jarvis' campaign people -- they are probably just bitter that their candidate couldn't raise any money to drop 5 pieces of mail throught the entire campaign. VCAP saw how pathetic a candidate Jarvis was and wrote him off.

Compare what VCAP gave to Jarvis late compared to what they dumped into Kenney and Craddock. If VCAP doesn't take their own guy seriously, why should anyone else?

At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Larry Sabato's Hairpiece said...

Have you seen Jarvis' photo??? I mean his greatest failing was not having me on his team!!!


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