HAMPTON, Va. - In Hampton, Creigh Deeds was not the first choice at the HamptonDemocratic Committee results party. Former Delegate Brian Moran wasthe crowd favorite, at least until the votes were counted.
As volunteers arrived at Twist, a restaurant on Wythe CreekRoad, they dropped off Brian Moran signs at the door. Within anhour the decision became clear. "It seems we have our candidate,Creigh Deeds," Committee Chair Gaylene Kanoyton told everyone.
Then she asked the crowd, "Do we have any Creigh Deedssupporters in the audience, out here?" The response was virtuallysilent. A smiling April Rivera raised her hand in the back of theroom. Rivera told WAVY.com she decided on the State Senator fromBath County, Virginia because she felt like she could relate tohim. "It was a couple of weeks ago and it was a big rally forhim and he spoke at the church and it meant a lot to me because Iwanted to see him up close and personal," she said.
Regardless of who they supported in the primary, at the end ofthe night, there was a joint focus heading into November.
Former Virginia Delegate Mary Christian told the Democrats atthe party, "We were all revved up, and certainly we wanted Brian towin. But Creigh Deeds was the next in line and Creigh Deeds isstill a very good candidate."
Kanoyton urged them to "get ready to beat Bob McDonnell inNovember!" Then ended the evening with a rally cry, "We are allwhat? Deeds supporters, that's right, we are all Deedssupporters."
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