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Fox News Likes Occoquan as Prince William Noted Bellwether

Bret Baier



OCCOQUAN, Va. — The political spotlight is once again on Prince William County as the Fox News Network plans to broadcast from Occoquan Monday afternoon.

The evening news show, Special Report with Bret Baier, will broadcast live from the deck of Maddigan’s Waterfront restaurant from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of their “counties that count” series that will examine Prince William as a political bellwether for Virginia.

Restaurant owner Cathy Maddigan said a producer visited her Occoquan riverside eatery and asked if they could use the deck for the Monday broadcast. Maddigan said she will learn more about the planned broadcast when she speaks with the show’s producers Sunday afternoon, and the network has already advertised the show on their website.

All of this comes as a recent blog post on Not Larry Sabato noted voters in Prince William County have correctly chosen the winners of every national and statewide election since 2004 – the year when the county went red and put President George W. Bush in office for a second term. Prince William voters also sent Governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R), and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) to Richmond.

The blog notes Prince William’s Coles Magisterial District as being the bellwether for the county. Encompassing much of the midsection of the county of 400,000 residents, the Coles District stretches from Minnieville Road in Woodbridge to Manassas.

“The Coles District is a microcosm of Prince William County. It’s a district, more so than any other district, it has a rich mix of urbanized areas, of purely classic suburban neighborhoods with quarter-acre lots, a lot of semi-rural areas similar to what we see in southern Virginia, and then some rural areas on the outside areas of the Rural Crescent,” said Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe.

And it’s not just bloggers or TV shows that have the attention of the Coles District and Prince William County, so does the state’s health department. Because of the cross section of residents in the district, the Virginia Department of Health with grant funding is studying the Coles district to determine trends in smoking and obesity, as well as other factors.

“The health department wanted to study the entire county but didn’t have the staff or resources to look at all of it, it’s just too big a piece of pie to eat all at once, so they decided to study the Coles District,” said Nohe.

In June, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped at Moms Apple Pie in Occoquan on her way to a campaign event for her husband inDale City. 


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