Falls Church News-Press Owner Hails Northern Virginia Activists' and Voters' Role in Presidential Election

Nov 12, 2008, 13:23 ET from Falls Church News-Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nicholas F. Benton, the owner and editor of the Falls Church News-Press, the only Northern Virginia-based newspaper to endorse President-elect Barack Obama prior to last week's election, hailed the activists and voters of Northern Virginia for their seminal role in putting Virginia in the column for Obama, and in adding new Democrats to both the U.S. Senate and the House.

Benton noted that Obama's margin of victory in Virginia's 8th and 11th Congressional Districts, constituting most of the Northern Virginia component of the "inside the Beltway" national capital area, was greater than his overall margin statewide, meaning the voters of the area put him over top for the first victory for a Democratic presidential candidate in Virginia since 1964. Obama's margin was 154,749 in the two Congressional Districts, compared to 154,238 statewide.

Margins for U.S. Senator-elect Mark Warner and Congressman-elect Gerry Connolly, both Democrats filling Republican-held seats, were also huge in the area, Benton noted. The City of Falls Church had the highest voter turnout in the state and the three campaign offices of Obama in the two congressional districts were consistently jammed with dedicated volunteers.

Benton's newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press, endorsed all three Democrats, Obama, Warner and Connolly, prior to the election. Despite Obama's enormous popularity in the region, the News-Press was the only Northern Virginia-based newspaper to endorse him. It circulates the majority of its 30,500 weekly copies in the 8th and 11th Congressional districts.

In his editorial endorsing Obama in its Oct. 30, 2008 edition, Benton wrote, "The electricity we've experienced every time visiting the large campaign headquarters of Sen. Barack Obama blocks from our office in downtown Falls Church only confirms for us that the nation is veritably on fire with enthusiasm for a fundamental change in the course of the nation's political and social leadership. In the closing weeks of the campaign, Sen. Obama has strengthened his image as a mature, intelligent leader committed to steering the nation through tough economic times in a dangerous world, including by drawing around himself a team of first-rate economic and foreign policy advisers."

In a statement today, Benton said, "With our elevated prestige and now-even-better-established unique role in the Northern Virginia section of the national capital area, the Falls Church News-Press promises to become a preferred read by the new administration and Congress. We feature weekly columns by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Helen Thomas, David Brooks, Rep. Jim Moran and many others. As a smaller newspaper with a big readership, in terms of influence, we represent a highly-affordable, but powerful and effective, tool for anyone seeking to influence the new administration and Congress through advertising."

Contact: Nicholas F. Benton (703) 307-4637, nfbenton@fcnp.com

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