Harrisonburg, VA, Nation for Obama

Brent Finnegan -- November 4th, 2008

The City of Harrisonburg voted with the rest of the nation to elect Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States.

36 Responses to “Harrisonburg, VA, Nation for Obama”

  1. Emmy says:

    Wow no one can say that your vote didn’t count in VA!

  2. Breslau says:

    Every black person on live TV is crying right now. This is blowing people’s minds across the world.


  3. The Common Man says:

    From the moment that Obama began his campaign I was telling people how much his election would mean to the “healing” of race relations in this country. The AAs would realize that they can fo ANYTHING in this country, they don’t need hand outs nor need to play the victim. On the other side, southern rednecks, appalachians and other rascists would find out that a black man is quite capable of leading this country and making their life better.

  4. Renee says:

    INCREDIBLE!!! Wow wow wow.

  5. Brooke says:

    What a momentous occasion!

  6. Renee says:

    Great speech. Amazing moment in history. I feel so blessed to be a part of this!

  7. zen says:

    Now that is presidential! This guy is amazing.

  8. Bob says:

    I’m proud of Harrisonburg for so many Obama votes. I’m a little disappointed in the rest of Rockingham county though.

  9. Breslau says:

    Staunton and Winchester went to Obama, as well. The independent cities in Virginia are changing at an amazing pace.

  10. Renee says:

    Does anyone know when was the last time Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania all voted the same way?

  11. Renee says:

    I think our blog did better coverage of this election than a lot of media outlets! We were on top of it :)

  12. Watchman says:

    Before “your” racists attacks on rednecks and others you will wish to include for your ridicule are made into law; do not forget that Mr. Obama, is as much White as he is Black; genetically speaking that is.

  13. Renee says:

    Harrisonburg had a 70.6% voter turnout – not bad!

  14. Renee says:

    I just posted links to a bunch of electoral maps, but the comment didn’t make it :( I’ll try again tomorrow.

  15. Karl says:


    Thanks for all you have done. I know that this election coverage was likely your swan song. I and many others have appreciated your balanced coverage, your local emphasis and your pioneering attitude.

    When (if) traditional media moves towards the immediate delivery model, readers of this blog will be saying ” New? Brent did that 5 years ago.”

    Congrats and thank you for being a positive influence on Harrisonburg.

    Good luck to those that must now fill the void.

  16. Emmy says:

    Karl’s right, you’ve done such a fantastic job with this blog.

  17. finnegan says:

    Thanks, folks.

    It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m pretty burned out, so I’m taking Neil Young’s advice. I have a few more stories to post (election analysis, mostly) but I hope to move on here shortly. Thanks to the readers, commenters and contributors.

  18. zen says:

    I propose a celebration for Brent be organized!

  19. Emmy says:

    I agree Zen! When and where all?

  20. Shannon says:

    Brent and everyone else… I moved out of the state this past summer but my heart and emotional investment are still very much plugged into the politics in Hburg and VA.

    Last night I was sitting in a crowded bar watching things unfold but not able to hear anything, of course, because of the excitement. When it became clear how close the race was in VA you should know that the first place I went to on my phone was hubrgnews.com because I knew it would be current, informed and updated. I refreshed repeatedly and followed links provided by contributors and stayed on top of it as it unfolded.

    Whether or not you decide to move on, Brent, what you have created here and what others have helped build has been very important and meaningful in many people’s lives, mine included. I thank you. What hburgnews.com meant to me last night is priceless. I hope it continues on without you, but if not – job well done.

  21. David Miller says:

    AMEN. If there were paying jobs for the work that you’ve done for the Valley on this blog, you’d be top dog.

  22. Renee says:

    I concur! You’ve done such a good job getting this blog off the ground, Brent! It really is a destination for on-the-mark local info. I thank Shannon for sharing her story praising your work – what you’ve done here really is “priceless” to a lot of people!

  23. linz says:

    The list of praises for you and what you have done with hburgnews is long, but two that stand out the most to me are that you have helped usher in a renewed sense of community in our city that spans across generational gaps, and you have contributed to the success of many positive changes within the city, whether they be events, causes, new businesses, political campaigns, educational opportunities, etc. You have challenged us hburg citizens to be more involved and informed.

    Thank you for all of your time and effort. We look forward to seeing more of your award-winning film work!!

  24. zen says:

    Yeah, Brent. If you’re going to ditch Hburg news, then we all have high expectations for whatever you put your energies toward in it’s place.

  25. Brooke says:

    Thank you for everything you’ve done here, Brent. Everyone’s right – there are only great things ahead of you. Without you, well, all we’d have is the DNR, and that’s just sad.

  26. finnegan says:

    Thanks again. It’s good to know that it’s making a difference.

    Mission accomplished.

  27. republitarian says:

    Hey Brent, you really have done a nice job with the site and I’m sad to see you go.

    Good luck with your future plans.

  28. danno says:

    I still come by this site sometimes, even though I don’t live in the area anymore. But I’ll be back for Christmas, and plan to stay in Hburg for a few days.

  29. David Miller says:
  30. Renee says:

    I anyone else bothered that the photo on the DNR article headlined “Degner Leads Dems To Sweep” has a photo from the Republican headquarters instead of featuring any of the winners? Could they not get a photo like this?


    And both that article and the one about the city going “purple” (yo! it went blue) ended on quotes from Republicans?


    It’s like the writer hit all of the factual points needed for the article, but covered it from a republican perspective. Is it just me looking at it through “dem goggles” or does anyone else feel the DNR is not giving this historic change for the ‘Burg the attention it deserves? Do they not realize that they city they’re published in just help elect a democrat to be president of the United States? Get with it, Daily News Record!

    Also, I did not see the print edition, so this is only what I’m seeing on the website.

    Does anyone have a picture of the front page? I didn’t get a chance to see it today.

  31. Renee says:

    OK I saw the front page. Even though the main article about Obama is direct from the AP, the front cover looks unbiased enough. And they do have black & white photos of the city council winners inside with the article, I guess that stuff just didn’t make it to the web site.

    So, now I just wonder why a lot of their print content isn’t online. Guess it’s so people buy the paper version. Maybe they don’t realize how some of us are less likely to buy the paper version when we don’t see what we want online, and assume that’s the whole paper. I’d recommend adding a note to the bottom of web articles like the one missing photos above, saying “additional content available in the print version”.

  32. Emmy says:

    If you haven’t already seen this, you should!


  33. Christa says:

    Good video! One part I didn’t like. Jesse Jackson crying. He called Obama an Uncle Tom and was against him from the beginning. I never liked him. Other than that it was great!

  34. Peppa says:

    You have a gift of words and I really like you.

  35. zen says:

    A point of correction. Jackson did not call Obama an “Uncle Tom.” He did say some other “crude and hurtful” remarks as Jackson himself characterizes it. But “Uncle Tom” was not one of them.
    Further, I think Jackson’s work in the civil rights movement should be acknowledged, and helped lead to the world we live in today. Jackson’s emotions certainly are understandable. He was on that balcony in Memphis on April 4, 1968 when MLK was assassinated, and 40 years later witnessed a black man reach the highest elected office in the nation. One certainly doesn’t need to like the man to appreciate the deep significance this event plays in his life.

  36. Christa says:

    This is where I got this Zen…I stand corrected. I still don’t like him.

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