This evening, the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual Hob Nob event in Middletown, Virginia. Unlike last year, which was marred by rain, overall attendance was up by around 30 to 40%.
The main attraction was both former Governors Tim Kaine and George Allen. Each gave a brief speech, as did two members of the General Assembly who spoke on behalf of the campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Although not offered a speaking role, Representative Frank Wolf, his Democratic and Independent opponents, Kristin Cabral and Kevin Chisholm, some of the statewide 2013 candidates, and a host of office seekers from either the city of Winchester or Frederick and Clarke Counties were also brought up on stage.
Each attendee to the Hob Nob had the option to participate in the 14-question straw poll with 211 choosing to do so. For president, Mitt Romney emerged victorious with 127 votes or 60.2% as compared to Barack Obama’s 76 votes or 36%. Unlike Virginia’s November ballot, none of the other candidates were listed. Nevertheless, write-in candidates garnered 8 votes, but it is unknown whether one candidate won all eight or if it was spread among several or many.
In the U.S. Senate race, George Allen claimed 131 votes or 62.1% of the votes cast while Tim Kaine captured 80. There were no write-ins in this race.
Moving on to the 10th district House of Representatives, Incumbent Frank Wolf easily won this straw poll with 72.7% of the votes as compared to Cabral’s 24.9% and Chisholm’s 2.4%. As for the remaining contests, as the races were specific to certain cities and towns and likely unfamiliar to just about every reader, those results are not included in this report.
So does tonight’s straw poll herald a victory for Republicans in Virginia in November? Or are a majority of the polls, which predict an Obama and Kaine, more accurate? In less than two months we’ll have our answer.