Virginia has been dominated by Democrats in recent years because of the heavy influx of government workers and government contractors who often vote for a big federal government. But this year, polls are showing that Virginians may be ready to turn the state back over to Republicans, particularly in the governor's race and in the House of Delegates.
Bob Maginnis, senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC), is a longtime resident of northern Virginia who is not happy with the state's left-wing politicians.
"I think we have a real good chance of taking back the House of Delegates as well as the governorship," he adds. "Terry McAuliffe (D) has really stuck his foot in his mouth on a number of cases, not the least of which, of course, is what's been advertised about the war against parents not only in Loudoun [County], but in next door Fairfax, as well as in my county, which is next door as well, Prince William."
Maginnis is concerned, however, about the potential for election fraud.
"One of the problems when you talk about voter fraud and what happens at the polls is that a lot of Republicans are too busy minding their lives and doing the things to keep their families on course and attend to the ministries in their churches and the like, we don't turn out as poll watchers," he laments. "I think the number was four or five times more Democrats show up for poll watching than do Republicans, and as a direct result, sometimes bad things happen at the polls."
The fact that Republicans and conservatives are not there to watch, Maginnis says, is unfortunate and disappointing.