The Washington Times - August 26, 2008, 01:10PM

DENVER The Obama map of the electoral college battlegrounds looks pretty different from the traditional Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida strategy.

 

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The floor of the Democratic convention offers the clearest example of the new map, with states such as Virginia and Maryland getting prime spots for the first time in years.

 

Last night, I talked to two Montana delegates about their surprisingly good floor position:

 

 

Tom LoBianco has a story in today’s paper with Virginia Democrats thrilled they are in great positions to witness the convention this time around.

 

— This front seat to history goes to the Potomac’s rising stars: Virginia Democrats.

The Virginia delegation to the Democratic National Convention, long relegated to the far reaches of convention halls for their status in a hopelessly red state, has trounced their northern neighbor Maryland in the seating game.

“It’s unbelievable to be down that close,” said Marjorie Clark, an Obama delegate from Virginia.

 

Read the full story here.

 

Speaking of Virginia, it’s a big night for the Old Dominion. Former Gov. Mark Warner speaks during the keynote slot.

 

Back in D.C., reporter Gary Emerling got a bit of a preview of the speech, sending in this dispatch:


Former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner said his keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver will focus on the bipartisan success he had in the state rather than being a “slash and burn” attack against Republicans and Sen. John McCain.
“I think the Obama campaign, when they asked me to speak, knew what kind of message I’d want to convey,” Mr. Warner said during a Monday conference call with reporters. “I’m sure there may be other speakers that will contrast and point out Sen. McCain’s continuation of the Bush policies … I’ll make that point as well, but it won’t be the major focus.”
Mr. Warner, in the midst of a bid to replace retiring Sen. John W. Warner, has been granted a prime timeslot to deliver his address in support of Sen. Barack Obama, who will be named the Democratic nominee for president Thursday night.
During his senate campaign, Mr. Warner has highlighted his success in joining with Republicans to help solve a fiscal crisis in the state during his gubernatorial term.
He said his roughly 15-minute remarks will stress the need for such bipartisan efforts and also focus on his attempts to invest in all communities by bringing more jobs to rural Virginia.
“I just know that I’ve got a record in Virginia [and] I’ve got a view on how government ought to be part of fixing problems,” Mr. Warner said. “I’ve got a view on the fact that neither political party’s got a monopoly on truth or patriotism or all the answers, and the Obama campaign knew that’s what I’m about and what I wanted to say.”
Mr. Warner stressed that Mr. Obama is the stronger candidate to lead the country amid an increasingly global economy confronted with an energy crisis, and said his speech may contain portions “that aren’t going to get a lot of applause” for their focus on bipartisanship.

 

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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times

 

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