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2005-11-08 21:25:32

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Tim Kaine was elected governor of Virginia on Tuesday after a tight battle with Republican Jerry Kilgore in a race widely regarded as a barometer of the public's mood ahead of the 2006 congressional elections. Kaine's victory, reported by television networks, was a setback for President George W. Bush who made a last-minute appearance for Kilgore, a former Virginia attorney general, despite his own political setbacks and declining popularity. The loss...

2005-11-07 21:02:46

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - President George W. Bush took a detour to Virginia on his way back from Latin America on Monday to try to give Republican Jerry Kilgore an election-eve boost in his deadlocked race for governor. Despite his own political woes and declining popularity, Bush hoped to rally Republicans to vote on Tuesday in a contest that polls show is too close to call and in which turnout could be crucial for Kilgore and his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine. "We're...

2005-10-21 13:40:11

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent LEESBURG, Virginia (Reuters) - In a close Virginia governor's race marked by a bitter fight over the death penalty, the biggest name is not on the ballot -- popular incumbent and potential Democratic presidential contender Mark Warner. With Warner barred by state law from seeking a second term, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine and Republican former state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore are battling to succeed him in a race that polls show is...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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