Kaine by 51 to 47 percent with 56% reporting.
The Spectacle Blog
Growing exurb county west of D.C., Fauquier, is for Kilgore by 53-44 with over 80% of precincts reporting, and with 43% turnout. Hopefully Fauquier's representative.
Kilgore's down 53-45 with 36% of precincts reporting, but Arlington County turnout is below 9%.
One reason Sen. Jay Rockefeller's staff -- and the Democratic Intelligence Committee staff -- should be target-rich environments for Senate investigators in the Washington Post leak scandal is that they are well-known leakers of highly classified information to reporters.
Earlier this summer -- and there are others on this site who can better detail the story than we can -- it was reported that the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into whether Senators Rockefeller, Dick Durbin, and Ron Wyden or their staff had leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program in 2004. Details about new spy satellite technology were revealed to the press, and it was determined by the CIA that the programs had been compromised. It is believed that that investigation remains ongoing.
Making the call to investigate your own institution isn't an easy one, particularly because the MSM will spin this as Republicans simply hitting back at Democrats. Senator Frist and Speaker Hastert deserve credit for making the tough call.
Possible good news for Virginia Republicans: There is some word of depressed turnout in Northern Virginia in the VA blogosphere. When I voted in the Courthouse area of Arlington this morning, the poll workers seemed pretty bored and my number was in the 200s -- not exactly stellar turnout.
Jim Bacon reports heavy turnout in Henrico County, a very "red" area outside Richmond.
Dana Priest may wish she had never written the "black sites" story last Wednesday. The revelation of that information has real world consequences for American and Allied personnel overseas, as well as for the innocent citizens of those nations whose governments are cooperating with the U.S. in the War on Terror. Think a federal judge is going to quash a subpoena and give her a pass knowing full well that the story could be all al Qaeda needs to target a bunch of innocent Thai citizens? Considering recent precedent, do you think DOJ will be able to stop a prosecutor from seeking a media subpoena in such an investigation?
If the Justice Department investigates the leak -- and judging by the highly classified nature of the information, DOJ will have no choice but to launch an investigation -- then Dana Priest is either going to be doing the full Judy Miller or coughing up a source to avoid an extended stay at the Jailhouse B&B (okay, Judy did both). Stay tuned...
Thank goodness for Sen. John Cornyn, one of the few Republicans willing to stand up and push back against Democratic prevarication. On the floor yesterday he hit Sen. Harry Reid where it hurts:
Before the war, a leading Democrat -- in fact, the Democratic leader -- clearly stated his position in Iraq. As of this morning, his quotation was still on his Senate Web site. It says: