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Can Romney Take Richmond?

A close campaign in Virginia.

Aug 27, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 46 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Furthermore, the Obama campaign has 27 field offices throughout the state, including 9 in Northern Virginia, 8 in Hampton Roads, and 3 around the college town of Charlottesville. Says the Democratic operative, “I think the Republican base is more energized than they were before, but Democrats are more organized.”

But it’s hard to look at the crowd in Manassas and think Republicans don’t have a good chance. Thousands stood out in the hot August sun, waiting in lines wrapped around several blocks, to get a chance to see Romney and Ryan. Supporters spilled out of the expansive pavilion and into the streets. Those who couldn’t get close enough to see the stage could watch the rally on a big screen erected on one corner. Governor McDonnell took to the stage to introduce Romney and Ryan, and the audience hailed in excitement. Folks in the back craned their necks to get a look. McDonnell quoted a pledge President Obama made at a recent campaign stop nearby.

“He said, ‘If we don’t win Virginia, I’m not going to be president again,’ ” McDonnell recounted. “Let’s make that a promise he can keep.” The cheers grew into a roar and the folks in the bleachers stamped their feet. To these Virginians, at least—and to a tired Paul Ryan—that sounded pretty good.

Michael Warren is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.

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