The real question now, with the margin of victory as large as it is, will McDonnell have a mandate?
Contests serve as warning to Democrats: It’s not 2008 anymore
The Washington Post
On Tuesday, Virginia moved back in the direction of Republicans, a reminder that the political landscape is far more fluid than it appeared to be a year ago — and a challenge for the White House and the Democrats as they look toward 2010.
Dems, incumbents get wake-up call
Tuesday night’s trends were emphatically not in Obama’s favor. Among those paying closest attention are dozens of Democrats who won formerly Republican congressional districts in 2006 and 2008 and are up for re-election in 2010.
The Obama magic has faded
The New York Post
And — until it started looking as if they might lose — the Obama people were suggesting that these races would seal their mandate and encourage congressional wafflers to toe the line on health-care reform. Not so much, as it turns out.
Disregard The Talk Of VA Voting Against The President’s Party For Gov.
Do you see a pattern emerging here? When GOP candidates run on specific issues of importance to people in their every day lives, they not only win, but they win BIG.
Just a quick roundup 24 hours before the polls open.
The Write Side endorses:
And, while we can’t vote there, a special endorsement goes out to
If you’ve read here long enough, you know our reasoning. The time is right. The time is now.
But, whatever your inclination, don’t neglect your right, and your responsiblity to vote tomorrow.
With poll, after poll, after poll showing Bob McDonnell (as well as Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli) with a commanding and potentially runaway lead, and from what we’re hearing more devasting numbers out tomorrow [Virginia Virtucon: More (REALLY) Bad Polling News Due Out Wed. For Deeds], the Deeds camp sent one final S.O.S. to the White House that had previously seemed to be turning a deaf ear to Virginia.
Sensing the potential embarrassment of losing a state that last year voted for a Democrat for the first time in 40 years, President Barack Nicolae Carpathia Obama will reportedly campaign with/for Deeds in Hampton Roads on October 27th [Bearing Drift: Sources: Obama Stumping for Deeds in Hampton Roads Oct 27th]. But as we asked is it Trick? Or Treat?
It seems that the once unsinkable Democratic ship has hit the iceberg and is taking on water faster than Barack Obama can grow the national deficit. Republicans hold commanding leads in all three top races and it’s looking more and more like there will be GOP gains in the House of Delegates.
It was said of the Titanic that “even God could not sink her.” God disagreed.
And last November Virginia was declared to be a “Blue State.”
But it appears that the Democrats just don’t have enough lifeboats.
From Shaun Kenney: Shannon Attacks Cuccinelli on Confession?!
I’ve long railed against the anti-Catholicism that runs ever so close to the surface in Virginia politics. Sometimes it bubbles up, and in Steve Shannon’s failing campaign to be the next Attorney General of Virginia, it just came to the forefront.
The problem with the bill isn’t just the fact that federal courts have upheld the “seal of confession” for Catholic priests, the problem is that the attack on Cuccinelli just ain’t true.
Shaun’s got the video of the misleading Shannon ad.
Shades of 2005?
Just as it is in my life, my religious faith was a vital part of that story. I spoke about it often. But it wasn’t clear until late in the race how much of an impact my faith would play in the contest, when Kilgore ran aggressive death penalty attack ads. Using the family members of crime victims, Kilgore insisted that my personal faith-based opposition to capital punishment would prevent me from carrying out executions. The ads were shocking and emotional. They led some pundits to immediately claim they would sink my campaign.
How I Won, by Tim Kaine, Blueprint Magazine, February 9, 2006
Kaine responded to the Kilgore ad with one of his own, in which a narrator quotes blurbs from various newspapers that denounced the Republican spot as “vile,” a “smear,” “dishonest,” and a false accusation against “a decent man” for which Kilgore “should apologize.”
FactCheck.org, October 19, 2005
And back to Shaun:
Here’s the kicker: This anti-Catholic attack ad comes just days after Steve Shannon refused to fill out the Virginia Catholic Conference survey — joining the Deeds, Wagner, and 40 other state Democrats who tossed aside the questionnaire.
Bearing Drift, Virginia Politics On Demand: Tucker Martin and the bloggers roundtable; Cuccinelli wins12 Oct
Don’t miss the lastest, most excellent episode.
Tonight’s debate…the Sheila Johnson comment…and more…
From Tucker Martin, “Creigh Deeds wants to be Governor. But he doesn’t know why…”
McDonnell Widens Lead in Virginia Governor’s Race
The Washington Post
McDonnell leads 53 to 44 percent among likely voters, expanding on the four-point lead he held in mid-September. Deeds’s advantage with female voters has all but disappeared and McDonnell has grown his already wide margin among independents. Deeds, a state senator from western Virginia, is widely seen by voters as running a negative campaign, a finding that might indicate his aggressive efforts to exploit McDonnell’s 20-year-old graduate thesis are turning voters away.
Odd isn’t it, that the WaPo says Deeds was pushing the thesis. Like they had nothing to do with it.
We like the way Politico puts it.
Republican sweep looking likely in Virginia
Among independent voters, McDonnell holds a whopping 21-point lead over Deeds, 59 to 38 percent. And a 51 percent majority of Virginia voters characterized McDonnell as “about right” ideologically
Commanding lead still for GOP ticket in WaPo poll
Every candidate for statewide office for the GOP remains plus 9 in the latest Washington Post poll. McDonnell is at 53%. This is an increase in five points for McDonnell since the last poll.
WaPo poll: So much for Deeds closing in
The internals for Deeds are, well, terrible. His call for tax increases was opposed by 55% of the voters “and even in Northern Virginia a slim majority of voters oppose new taxes for transportation”
Bob McDonnell 54
Creigh Deeds 43
Bill Bolling 57
Jody Wagner 40
Ken Cuccinelli 53
Steve Shannon 43
H/T News Channel 8