VA-11 Democrats just guaranteed themselves a pickup

In November

Gerry Connolly is on his way to a smashing victory in the Democratic primary in the Virginia 11th...that's Tom Davis' district for you non-Virginians out there...

Connolly, despite intense hatred from the netroots, is the most popular Democrat in Fairfax County, which comprises most of the 11th.

He's been a very good Chairman of the Board of Supervisors with a number of notable accomplishments under his belt, and has built a very efficient and effective political machine here in Fairfax County...his Republican opponent will be severely overmatched...Gerry will be an excellent Congressman...

He beat Leslie Byrne, who is a fine person, but who ran a very negative and at times despicable campaign, aided I'm sad to say by Emily's List...

Byrne is fast becoming this states Harold Stassen, running for everything but not winning...I hope she redirects her talents, which are real, into more successful pursuits...

As of now Connolly is ahead 56% to 34% with abot 55% of the vote in. Most of the uncounted vote is in Fairfax COunty where Connolly has north of 60% presently...

From my vantage point, the Virginia 11th has made an excellent choice...

Netroots favorite Judy Feder here in  the 10th has won as well...she however is unlikely to unseat Frank Wolf in November...

http://www.lesliebyrne.org/index.php

http://www.gerryconnolly.com

Primary results here...

https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2008/0FAE817B-0A55-4793-B013-7C90AFF6C2E5/Unofficial/6_l_636DF45E-6E1D-44C5-AA66-6DCA1CA0D0DD_s.shtml

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Hillary's Historic Legacy...

That Hillary is not the nominee is still settling in, that the person I have supported for the last two years will not be President of the United States this year is going to be disappointing to me for a while...

But one thing I think we can perhaps agree on is that Hillary has secured her place in the pantheon of great women who have advanced the cause of gender equality in this country...

It is not hyperbole to place Hillary's name  alongside those of  the great suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, or alongside women who have spent their lives breaking down barriers for women in society such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, or alongside such political giants as Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisolm...

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AP/IPSOS SHows Hillary as the stronger General Election candidate...

AP/IPSOS is out with a poll today showing Hillary Clinton as the stronger candidate against John McCain in November...

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a better chance than Barack Obama of beating Republican John McCain, according to a new Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable in the fall than her rival for the Democratic nomination.

The survey released Monday gives Clinton a fresh talking point as she works to convince pivotal undecided superdelegates to side with her in the drawn-out Democratic primary fight.

Clinton, who won the Pennsylvania primary last week, has gained ground this month in a hypothetical head-to-head match up with the GOP nominee-in-waiting; she now leads McCain, 50 percent to 41 percent, while Obama remains virtually tied with McCain, 46 percent to 44 percent.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iP6ao euUCqIEo5DHDOCMLHyUOCpgD90AUJDG0

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Gallup:Clinton Bounds Further Ahead in Democratic Contest

Latest CNN/USAtoday Gallup poll shows Hillary dramatically increasing her lead in the Democratic Race...

The Numbers:

Clinton is now the preferred nominee of 48% of Democrats nationwide, compared with Obama's 26%. Last month, she led by a smaller 12-point margin, 40% vs. 28%. Most of the change is due to increased support for Clinton rather than a decline in support for Obama.

Other candidates with at least some support are Edwards with 12%, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at 4%, Sen. Joe Biden at 3%, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich at 1%. Sen. Chris Dodd is supported by less than one-half of one percent of Democrats.

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Hillary pulls to huge lead in swing states OH, PA, and FL...

Latest Quinnipiac Poll...

And for the first time a poll shows Hillary beating Guiliani outright in Florida...

Does better than Obama vs Thompson...

Hillary's favorability rating in Florida has improved to 50-42...up from 47-47 last month

In Ohio improved to 49-41, and in Pennsylvania 50-41

Ohio

Hillary 41
Obama 17
Edwards 11
Gore 8

Florida

Hillary 43
Obama 13
Gore 11
Edwards 8

Pennsylvania

Hillary 35
Obama 19
Gore 12
Edwards 10

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x2882.xml?Rele aseID=1089

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Hillary surges in Post Debate Poll

Hillary has surged to a 15 point lead in the lastest Insider Advantage Poll of South Carolina Democrats

Q. In the Democratic Presidential primary, if it were held today, which one candidate would you vote for:

Clinton: 43%
Obama: 28%
Edwards: 13%
Richardson: 5%
Biden: 4%
Gravel: 1%
Others: 1%
Undecided: 5%

The telephone survey, conducted July 24, interviewed 536 respondents who said that "if the South Carolina primary were held today" they would vote in the Democratic primary.
The survey was weighted for age, race, and gender. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

Comments below are mine...

Contrary to some(not all) of the post debate focus groups that showed support for Obama, apparently Hillary scored with those watching at home, or who heard reports of t he debate later...

This poll is now in line with other recent polls showing Hillary surging to a larger lead after several polls had shown Obama or Hillary with a narrow lead...

http://www.insideradvantage.com/free/2007/July/7-25-07/towery.php

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Human Rights activist Delores Huerta endorsing Hillary...Co-Founder of UFWA

BIG BIG BIG BOOST FOR THE CLINTONISTAS!

THIS JUST IN:

Human Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Endorses Clinton

Huerta will Help Lead Campaign's Hispanic Efforts

Washington, DC- Hillary Clinton received today the endorsement of human rights leader and community activist Dolores Huerta, the co-founder and President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America. Huerta will serve as co-chair of the campaign's Hispanic outreach efforts.

"Throughout her life Hillary has been a strong leader, working for issues that make a difference in every family's life, like education, health care and good paying jobs," said Huerta. "I believe she is the best qualified candidate and the one that's ready to put our country back on track."

http://nuestravoice.com/?p=831

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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's Statement in Opposition to the 2005 Bankruptcy Bill

Mrs. CLINTON. Mr. President, while I strongly believe that Congress should act to fix the problems in our bankruptcy system, I also believe that this bill is misguided and deeply flawed.

This bankruptcy bill fundamentally fails to accord with the traditional purposes of bankruptcy, which recognize that we are all better off when hard-working people who have suffered financial catastrophe get a ``fresh start'' and a second chance to become productive and contributing members of society. With the passage of this legislation, which makes obtaining this fresh start more expensive and more difficult, we are ensuring that many responsible Americans will continue to be buried under mountains of debt, and unable to take back control and responsibility for their lives.

Our Nation's bankruptcy law developed out of a recognition that the world can be a competitive, often unforgiving place. Bankruptcy reform should therefore be directed toward creating a civil society in which valuing individual responsibility is not incompatible with admitting the enduring truth that sometimes bad things happen to responsible, hardworking people. Sometimes, conscientious Americans need help and support against forces that are too big for them to stand against alone. It should be about making sure that both large corporations and individual citizens are held to the same standards of responsibility and accountability.

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