Voters pick Nutter to take on Edwards as Republican nominee for Virginia Senate in 21st DistrictI look at the obstacles that Nutter faces (namely two: Blacksburg and Roanoke) and wonder at times if he's lost his mind. If anything, the recent redistricting regimen that the Commonwealth went through strengthened Edwards's position in the 21st District.
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times
Virginia Del. Dave Nutter took the next step toward becoming a state senator Tuesday, defeating tea party candidate Tripp Godsey by nearly a 2-to-1 margin to win the Republican nomination in the 21st District.
Nutter, a Christiansburg resident who has spent 10 years in the House of Delegates, will now challenge 16-year incumbent Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, in the general election on Nov. 8. The 21st District, which was redrawn earlier this year, includes all of Roanoke, a portion of Roanoke County, part of Montgomery County including Blacksburg, and all of Giles County.
Nutter based his campaign on two major issues: jobs and electability. He touted his experience working with economic development groups through his job at Virginia Tech as an indicator of his experience in job creation.
Now, Nutter moves to challenge Edwards in what has previously been seen as a safe Democratic seat. Edwards hasn't been challenged since William Fralin ran against him in 1999, and the district has changed, growing out of the Roanoke Valley to include Giles and Montgomery counties. [link]
But times are hard. And times in Southwest Virginia are the hardest. And Edwards represents the old crowd that drove us to the point of collapse.
And Mr. Nutter has the right message (and the background that gives his message gravitas).
Foremost. Firmly. Front and center.
While Edwards will continue promoting the failed policies of the past ("The government needs to spend more money ...")
This could be a Republican victory. If that message is delivered until the mountaintops reverberate with the cheers for his mission statement.
And a giant mountain it is.
The People's Republic of Blacksburg and Save-Us-Big-Brother Roanoke.
My, oh, my.
* If only Obama were on the ticket too ...