Wednesday, October 23, 2013

McAuliffe surges to 17-point lead over Cuccinelli in Virginia gubernatorial race

By Michael J.W. Stickings and Richard K. Barry


The Cooch

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has jumped to a 17-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race following the federal government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia hard and Hillary Clinton’s weekend visit to the state.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters finds McAuliffe with 50% support to Cuccinelli’s 33%. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is a distant third with eight percent (8%) of the vote.

Let me be clear about this: Republican-friendly (and, indeed, solidly pro-Republican) polling firm Rasmussen has the Democrat ahead by a whopping 17 points.

Rasmussen may be deeply biased and often badly wrong, but the bias and wrongness is usually tilted in the Republicans' favor. So this is pretty significant.

In any event, I've said it before and I'll say it again. People really like blow jobs. Or, at the very least, it's dangerous politically to come out against them.

And of course it's also dangerous to be a right-wing extremist in a state that is rapidly turning blue.

Not to mention to be tied to a deeply corrupt and unpopular governor.

Virginia can't be rid of The Cooch soon enough.


As TPM writes:

Cuccinelli suggested that he was unsure whether he would have voted on the bipartisan measure that ended the government shutdown. The McAuliffe campaign quickly released a statement hammering the Republican attorney general.

"Ken Cuccinelli's refusal today to support reopening the government demonstrates a lack of leadership. Once again, he has put Tea Party ideology above what is best for Virginia," McAuliffe said in a statement. "When Washington gridlock is hurting Virginia families, 'I don't know' doesn't cut it."

Yeah, I'm thinking if I'm Ken Cuccinelli that the government shutdown could not have come at a worse time. That and the increasing awareness among women in Virginia that this guy makes Don Draper look like a feminist.

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