Glad to be in Richmond (Innsbrook specifically) at Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s “Republican Roundup.”
It is pretty chilly as the event gets started, but spirits are high amongst the supporters here who have joined for music (provided by “Royal Blue Band” – who absolutely rock), games, food and some speechifying.
Check here over the next few hours for interviews and commentary on today’s festivities as we expect to hear from the Congressman and numerous of the folks running for office this November.
(4 p.m.): Had some BBQ and am watching a huge crowd roll in. The only thing that could make this more entertaining for me would be to see someone like Tim Kaine show up. I wonder what he’d do in the midst of this many Republicans?
(4:10 p.m.) Just ran into Ernesto Sampson, candidate in the 67th. He tells me that they just completed knocking on close to 16,000 doors! The big issues in his urban district remain the economy and public safety, but he is getting very good response to his positive message and his accessibility that he is giving to voters.
Ernesto exemplifies the commitment of the GOP to run a race in almost every district this year. A grand total of 85 candidates are vying for election. The most the GOP has run has been 81.