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Swing counties in Virginia that were key to President Obama’s victory aren’t showing many signs of life in this year’s governor’s race.
In the window of the quaint studio Photoworks in Leesberg is a prominent "Monte Johnson for Delegate" sign. Store owner K.D. Kidder is a supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. She says she’d gladly put a McAuliffe sign up. That is, if the campaign only sent one. Kidder says she’s not witnessing a big ‘Get out the vote’ effort.
“Fewer people out there working getting the signs out. Like for how long it took them to get us signs, when we’re pretty visible we could have the signs up," she says.
While purple counties like Loudoun and Prince William in Northern Virginia are viewed as pivotal in most Virginia elections, Kidder says campaign volunteers and voters aren’t showing much enthusiasm.
“But I think that’s a lack of energy. You can’t keep going and doing that all the time," she says.
As Ken Wright of Lovettsville stops and checks out real estate prices in Loudoun County, he says candidate Ken Cuccinelli has his support because he’s a Republican, but not because he likes him.
“There’s a lot of us that are not excited about either choice," he says.
Analysts are predicting low voter turnout on November 5, and it’s evident in swing districts.