By Stephen J. Farnsworth
Sunday, October 28, 2007
In the past, Virginia presidential primaries have been kingmakers. But Old Dominion primary voters probably won’t matter in 2008 because legislators in Richmond have abandoned the state’s formerly influential place on the nomination calendar.
Virginia’s presidential primaries will be held on Feb. 12, after more than half the states have spoken on the presidential candidates. As many states have rushed into a nomination scheduling free-for-all, Virginia has been standing still. Next year, Super Tuesday — effectively the crowning moment for every Democratic and Republican nominee since 1992 — will take place the week before Virginia votes.