“Henrico has emerged as a bellwether in a critical battleground state that could determine the outcome of the election,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.
And both campagns are acting accordingly.
Different state, same commercial
The Romney campaign, for example, is airing more television commercials in Virginia than any other state, even those with more electoral votes. And both Republican candidates have been practically commuting here.
On August 17, Paul Ryan spoke at an overflow rally at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen.
The day after the Tampa convention, he was back, this time at Richmond International Airport, also in the county (Mitt Romney would have been, too, except for a quick decision to visit hurricane-damaged Louisiana).
This past Saturday, after an afternoon rally at Virginia Beach’s Military Aircraft Museum, Romney was back in Henrico again — to wave the Federated Auto Parts 400 starting flag at Richmond International Raceway, and, when rain prevented the race from starting, to give out handshakes and hotdogs to 90,000 NASCAR fans.
Not to be outdone, Barack Obama campaigned in Glen Allen in July and campaigned at Norfolk State University September 4. And the same day Romney was heading for RIR, the Obama campaign was opening a second Henrico field office.
So it would be logical to conclude that both candidates regard Henrico County, and secondarily Hampton Roads, as the center of the political universe.
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