And the Pendulum Continues ...

Yesterday’s election results were a surprise…to both Republicans and Democrats. In the governor’s race, while Gillespie trailed in most polls throughout the summer and fall, he seemed to be gaining, and Democrats were nervous at the end.  But nobody saw the 8-point defeat coming, and certainly nobody expected the House to be in jeopardy.
 
Without a doubt, there were huge headwinds going against our candidates yesterday: motivated Democrats, Republicans discouraged by what’s happening in Washington, as well as shifting demographics in the commonwealth.  Overall, the environment was not favorable.
 
President Trump also had an impact on the race on both sides of the aisle.  Trump supporters weren’t enthusiastic about the GOP candidate. At the same time, it can’t be denied that the constant attacks on the president from his opponents and the barrage in the mainstream media motivated the Democratic base, especially in northern Virginia and the suburbs of Richmond.

Down to the Wire

We are really down to the wire here in the Commonwealth! The lead up to Election Day is increasingly across headlines and newsfeeds in Virginia and across the nation for what the whole country knows is an important statewide election. The too-close-to-call race for Governor has Democrats particularly wary. According to Politico:

Democrats are growing increasingly anxious about the too-close-to-call campaign. While Northam has held leads ranging from a few points to double digits in most polls, the first survey in months showing Gillespie with a 1-point edge came out just weeks before Election Day — and in any case, after overconfidence in 2016, almost no polling lead could relieve Democratic worrying. Some in Northam’s party are concerned about his campaign’s decision to outsource its digital advertising to outside groups. And others were dismayed to see the campaign leave the party’s black lieutenant gubernatorial nominee off some fliers distributed by a union.

Ed Gillespie has been on the offense, having just “released a new ad, this one attacking Northam and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, for canceling a meeting with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. “Ralph Northam. Not showing up for his job,” a narrator says in the 30-second ad. “Not making Virginia safer.”’

Watching and Working

Election Day is approaching and soon we will all be heading to the polls to cast our votes.

Before that happens though, there are several opportunities for dedicated citizens to do their civic duty and volunteer for important jobs on election day.   

Earlier this week we encouraged you to contact your local county or city registrar to become an Officer of Elections. These positions are very important to our electoral process and it is important that local precincts are represented by both political parties. The deadline is TOMORROW, October 16th! All you have to do is click this link to contact your local registrar to sign up. You'll be contacted and trained prior to election day.

Check Your Calendars!

We are now in the thick of the final countdown until Election Day on November 7, 2017.This means it is time to take a few minutes and check your calendars! If you will not be able to vote in person on November 7th, you still have time to request an absentee ballot.

According to Virginia.gov:

  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the November 7, 2017 General Election is Monday, October 16, 2017

  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017

You can apply online for an absentee ballot by clicking here. You can also vote absentee in-person within 45 days prior to the election, but you will still need to either bring a completed absentee ballot application with you or fill one out when you arrive.

We Asked And You Answered

Over the past several months, we have been developing a thoughtful strategy to expand our membership's influence in the General Assembly and beyond. But before we could complete our strategic planning process, we wanted to make sure we clearly understood yourpriorities; your input is critical to the success of The Middle Resolution.

To understand these priorities we asked you to share your concerns about the political division in the country and what you think Middle Resolution could do to provide effective solutions.

True to your commitment to support our efforts, we received a significant number of responses to our survey. We want to THANK YOU for taking the time to complete the survey.  Below is a brief summary of the survey results.

Autumn in the Commonwealth

Ripe apples, pumpkins, and colored leaves are making their appearances across the Commonwealth. Fall is in the air! Autumn is always an exciting time for your Middle Resolution Team because besides enjoying the cooler nights, apple cider, and pumpkin spice, we know that the advent of autumn means election day is approaching! As election day looms closer we get even busier here at Middle Resolution Headquarters! We are busy working for you, advocating for you, and keeping on eye on the political climate as the days dwindle down to November 7th! 

Last Wednesday we had a fantastic Member's Meeting where citizens of the Commonwealth had the opportunity to meet some of the candidates whose names will be on the ballot in November. We continue to support the Candidates we have endorsed, including Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams and we are working hard to advocate for the issues that you have told us are important to YOU, as citizens of the Commonwealth who desire a return to the principles of Constitutional Government and greater accountability from our elected leaders. 

We are Strong

Tomorrow is 9/11. The anniversary of the day the Pentagon was struck, the Twin Towers fell, and the heroes of United Flight 93 sacrificed all. A day that shook us all and a day that our enemies thought would send America to her knees, but instead gave us all a deeper sense of patriotism and our common ground as citizens. It is a day that many of us will never forget. So we pause, we remember, we count our blessings, and we resolve to be strong.

Your Middle Resolution Team can’t help but notice that as this Anniversary of 9/11 approaches, our nation is once again hurting. Devastating hurricanes, fires and floods have been battering our southern and western states. Violence and racism seem to be on the rise. Yet, in the middle of these tragedies we see the strength of America. And we see the strength of Virginia.

Our Commonwealth has sent relief teams, first responders, nurses, doctors and volunteers to the areas hardest hit by the powerful forces of nature that have recently overwhelmed some of our fellow states. Virginians are strong. We are compassionate. We are patriotic.

Eclipse of Power

Last week we were able to witness an amazing cosmic event here in Virginia. What is being referred to as “The Great American Eclipse” took place last Tuesday and here in the Commonwealth we were treated to more than 80% of the Sun being temporarily obscured by the moon. Birds got quiet, crickets began chirping, it got cooler and darker outside and then everything slowly brightened again. What an amazing thing to witness!

Your Middle Resolution Team is hoping to witness another amazing eclipse in November. An eclipse of power. On November 7th citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia will have the opportunity to make a different kind of history: the kind that ensures a brighter future and more security for future generations. On Election Day we are working hard to make sure that Richmond sees Ed Gillespie eclipse Governor McAuliffe, Jill Vogel eclipse Ralph Northam, and John Adams eclipse Mark Herring.

We can’t do it without you, though!