Gov. Bob McDonnell says although President Barack Obama won Virginia in 2008 his chances for a repeat performance are slim to none. The Republican Governors Association chairman, who has endorsed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Monday Virginia returned to the GOP in recent elections in part due to Obama’s “empty rhetoric.”
“I think after 2008 — President Obama winning — it took Virginians just a year to realize that message of hope and change . . . sounded good and uplifting, but it was a lot of empty rhetoric,” McDonnell said. “We had unemployment skyrocket to nearly 9 percent. We had the greatest increase in debt that anybody has seen under one term of a presidency. I think people thought: ‘This is not really the direction we want to go.’
“Virginia is right of center and has been a long time. And they saw this leftward shift that the president was taking us to — and it was a correction I would say with our win,” he said. “And then of course we won three congressional seats in 2010 — the largest number of delegates in the House of Delegates history for Republicans — three months ago. And so I think Virginia being a common-sense conservative state has a great chance to go for Mitt Romney in November.”
Virginia holds its primary today and Romney is expected to win big. The former Massachusetts governor and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are the only two candidates on the ballots in the state, which has 49 delegates at stake.
Delegates are awarded proportionally, but if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote that person takes all. McDonnell said the results are a given.
“I think it will be good night for Mitt Romney — I think he’ll take all 49,” McDonnell said. “He is going into this with more delegates than anybody else. My guess he’ll have a good night in places like Idaho, Massachusetts, and Virginia and he’ll come out as the clear front-runner in this race. And hopefully we wind it down in facing Obama in November.”
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