- U.S. Senate candidate Mark Warner, at the 2008 Virginia State Democratic Convention [Roanoke Times, 6/15/08]
"Gilmore's strategy is to avoid Southside at all costs. Mark Warner on the second day of his announcement tour was here."
- House Democratic Leader Del. Ward Armstrong, on Jim Gilmore's kickoff tour mysteriously avoiding Southside Virginia [Martinsville Bulletin, 6/16/08]
"Virginia's years as a Republican stronghold are well over."
- Prof. Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics [Crystal Ball, 6/19/08]