Rasmussen poll: McAuliffe 45, Cuccinelli 38 in Virginia

posted at 3:21 pm on September 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The latest Rasmussen poll of the Virginia governor’s race is looking pretty darn similar to last week’s PPP poll of the same, handing a sizable edge to the Democratic contender:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a seven-point lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the Virginia gubernatorial race enters the post-Labor Day stretch.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters finds McAuliffe with 45% support to Cuccinelli’s 38%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, while 10% remain unsure.

That shores up and now matches up with the updated RCP average, but a solid 10 percent of voters in the Rasmussen poll are still undecided. The influx of independent swing voters, especially into the northern Virginia and Tidewater regions in recent years, is moving the commonwealth’s once once solidly red status toward deeper shades of purple, and the undecided contingent could still be very much up for grabs — but I fear that ads like this one are probably finding their mark:

An attack ad about limits and qualifications for divorce certainly will not play well with any of the young, self-styled moderate voters that I know around here, and meanwhile, McAuliffe’s lifetime of Democratic fundraising and hobnobbing is providing him with higher campaign-spending and ad-buying power than Cuccinelli. Professor Larry Sabato has some more insight over at the crystal ball:

Still, it’s a strange race between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe. Almost all modern competitive elections are negative and slashing, but this one is in meltdown mode because both candidates are vulnerable on so many scores. Cuccinelli is as conservative as GOP candidates come, with rigid, unyielding positions on social issues that are well to the right of moderate Virginia. Plus, Cuccinelli not only shares the party of the incumbent governor whose greedy “gift” scandal has made daily national headlines, but the Attorney General himself received thousands of dollars worth of gifts from the same donor. McAuliffe, on the other hand, has few strong ties to Virginia and no experience in elective office. Those who are familiar with the former DNC chairman view him as un-gubernatorial, a political fixer and a flim-flam artist — more of a creature of his patrons, Bill and Hillary Clinton, than of the Old Dominion.


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As a Virginian, I was not polled.

oldleprechaun on September 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Come on Bill! Declare a write-in campaign.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Virginia is lost as a Republican state… Influx of liberals from Maryland and DC leaving their shitholes to come and live in a better state plus the exponential increase of federal government workers living in Northern Virginia…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Come on Bill! Declare a write-in campaign.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Who is Bill?

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Blue staters are a virus.

Once they use up their state as a host they move on to another state to suck the resources out of it.

Examples: MT, CO, NV…

tetriskid on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

If Virginians are this (fill in the blank) they deserve him.

vityas on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Who is Bill?

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The question is why social issues have been working against Republicans in the last 8 years?… Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

If Virginians are this (fill in the blank) they deserve him.

vityas on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

No, we don’t deserve that carpetbagging piece of shit.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Sadly, this is similar to the 2001 VA election.

Getting outspent 2-1 is outrageous.

sentinelrules on September 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

If Virginians are this (fill in the blank) they deserve him.

vityas on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

In a democracy it is mainly the fault of the electorate for electing a POS politician…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

No, we don’t deserve that carpetbagging piece of shit.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Yu may not but if a majority of people are that stupid to vote for him then they deserve him… You will suffer and all who voted for the other guy suffer from the stupidity of the majority…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Ugh. Still, two months away.

At least the Republicans should hold onto the House & Senate.

No, we don’t deserve that carpetbagging piece of shit.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

No, we don’t.

22044 on September 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The question is why social issues have been working against Republicans in the last 8 years?… Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

The country, and, Virginia, have never been as far right as Cuccinelli. He almost lost his election as AG four years ago, to a nobody, while Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling were winning 60-40. Why anyone thought he could actually win a gubernatorial race against a well-known, well-funded, non-ideological opponent is beyond me.

When Republicans nominate a candidate in Virginia that has not based his entire career on social issues, they win. When Democrats can make the race about abortion, they win. It’s been that way since I first moved to Virginia in 1981.

rockmom on September 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

How is Cucinelli losing???? I mean Mcauliffe is a hack and far left zealot. Who could be under federal indictment before he even takes the oath of office.

Anyone from Virginia can explain this?

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

rockmom on September 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Why you keep spreading this lie is beyond me. Any quick google search shows that Cuccinelli won his race by 15 points, greater than Bolling’s margin of victory that year.

22044 on September 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

He almost lost his election as AG four years ago, to a nobody, while Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling were winning 60-40.

rockmom on September 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Really?

Cuccinelli won with 57% of the vote four years ago.

He won by 15% – a landslide.

sentinelrules on September 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Who is Bill?

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Lt. Gov Bolling is a RINO. I mean the term was created for someone like him. His only uselessness is in criticizing his fellow Republicans, while having nothing but pleasantries to say about Democrats. He is also refusing to endorse Cuccinelli. More like to endorse the RAT.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Hillary’s running mate?

Sacramento on September 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

And to think I wanted to move to VA to get away from MN and Dayton.

mrscullen on September 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

An attack ad about limits and qualifications for divorce certainly will not play well with any of the young, self-styled moderate voters that I know around here

It doesn’t play well with about 90% of America.

Mark1971 on September 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

The question is why social issues have been working against Republicans in the last 8 years?… Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I think a major part of the problem with Cuccinelli is the unpopularity of McDonnell right now. That is a lead weight dragging him down. You’ve also got a depressed Republican base that’s been at war with their own party since 2006, and an effective candidate in McAuliffe.

I do broadly agree with you broadly on what’s happening in regards to social issues. The problem always comes back to the media, unfortunately. There isn’t really a good or simple answer as to what to do. People often advocate abandoning the “social issues” crowd, but what voting bloc will replace them? There is never an answer for this.

Doomberg on September 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Sadly, this is similar to the 2001 VA election.

Getting outspent 2-1 is outrageous.

sentinelrules on September 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

And yet, and yet, and yet, there have been no moneybombs, no appeals to donate, no movement whatsoever in the grassroots to pull Cuccinelli’s ass out of the fire.

I’ve been hearing a lot of bleating lately about how moderation loses and conservatism wins elections. Given that Christie’s about to skate to re-election and Cuccinelli’s fighting for his life against the crowned king of hack Clintonistas, maybe winning elections isn’t just about ideology, but geography and political talent?

KingGold on September 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Virginians are protecting their big government jobs…plain and simple.

cajunpatriot on September 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Getting heavily outspent. Come on conservatives – you got your guy, open your wallets.

This race will be won or lost on number of ads viewed of each camp.

Zomcon JEM on September 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

You can run on social issues. Just be smart about it. Tell people you want to limit late term abortions, don’t tell them they have to remain in marriages they hate.

Mark1971 on September 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Corrupt leadership for a banana republic people.

MNHawk on September 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I do broadly agree with you broadly on what’s happening in regards to social issues. The problem always comes back to the media, unfortunately. There isn’t really a good or simple answer as to what to do. People often advocate abandoning the “social issues” crowd, but what voting bloc will replace them? There is never an answer for this.

Doomberg on September 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

El Partido Republicano Legado is betting on Mexicans.

Steve Eggleston on September 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Go to hell, Virginia. Apparently it’s what you want.

rrpjr on September 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

You can run on social issues. Just be smart about it. Tell people you want to limit late term abortions, don’t tell them they have to remain in marriages they hate.

Mark1971 on September 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Good point… When the abortion issue comes into discussion we should take it on the offensive against liberals in particular on late term abortion or even abortion after 20 weeks…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

If Ken Cuccinelli were a true conservative he would be winning handily.

Pablo Honey on September 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Blue staters are a virus.

Once they use up their state as a host they move on to another state to suck the resources out of it.

Examples: MT, CO, NV…

tetriskid on September 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

+100. You beat me to it. They’re like a swarm of locusts. Their policies ruin Area A, resulting in high crime/high taxes/crap schools, so then they move to Area B and start the process all over again.

Eventually, we’ll simply break off into Red America and Blue America, and us Red Americans can build a fence and laugh hysterically as Blue America’s policies lead to their own destruction without a healthy host (us) to feed off of.

CaptFlood on September 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Lt. Gov Bolling is a RINO. I mean the term was created for someone like him. His only uselessness is in criticizing his fellow Republicans, while having nothing but pleasantries to say about Democrats. He is also refusing to endorse Cuccinelli. More like to endorse the RAT.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

He won’t endorse McAuliffe.

Look, the Va GOP caused this mess. First, they did away with the primary in favor of a convention to nominate our candidates. I’ll give Ken credit, he outsmarted Bolling on that one. Then, Jackson emerged as the Lt. Governor candidate when the delegates split on the nomination.

If there had been a primary, I’ll guarantee you Cuch and Jackson would not have been nominated.

Someone said this earlier, but Virginians as a whole do not elect extreme candidates from either party. One of Cuch’s problems is women. I’ve had many long-term, reliable GOP women voters tell me they’ll either stay home or vote for McAuliffe. That’s a damn big problem.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The question is why social issues have been working against Republicans in the last 8 years?… Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Yes it has. And the trend is only going to get worse.

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

+100. You beat me to it. They’re like a swarm of locusts. Their policies ruin Area A, resulting in high crime/high taxes/crap schools, so then they move to Area B and start the process all over again.

Eventually, we’ll simply break off into Red America and Blue America, and us Red Americans can build a fence and laugh hysterically as Blue America’s policies lead to their own destruction without a healthy host (us) to feed off of.

CaptFlood on September 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Ever been to Connecticut or Vermont?

::shudder::

Alabama…now there’s a state.

Pablo Honey on September 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

If Ken Cuccinelli were a true conservative he would be winning handily.

Pablo Honey on September 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I see what you did there, and I like it.

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Pablo’s taking over Bishop’s fishing hole.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Robert C. Sarvis household here. Screw those other two clowns.

RayinVA on September 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

What are conservative Virginians doing to help Ken Cuccinelli win this race?

If you don’t want Terry McAuliffe to be your Governor, you have 2 months to roll up your sleeves and get to work to persuade your fellow Virginians to vote for Ken Cuccinelli.

wren on September 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Ever been to Connecticut or Vermont?

::shudder::

Alabama…now there’s a state.

Pablo Honey on September 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Have I? I live in MASSACHUSETTS! We’re Patient Zero when it comes to poisoning the well of formerly hard-working, decent states like Vermont & New Hampshire.

CaptFlood on September 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

wren on September 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

knocking on doors, volunteering time and donating money.

I’ll tell ya though, this one is different.

I’ve knocked on doors in my precinct for the last several elections and I’ve never faced the outright hostility towards a republican candidate like I have with Cuch and Jackson. And it’s not just blue households.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

VA is now firmly in control of the residents who work in DC. The rest of Virginia could vote solidly red and the state would still be lost to the northeast Libs.

goflyers on September 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

knocking on doors, volunteering time and donating money.

I’ll tell ya though, this one is different.

I’ve knocked on doors in my precinct for the last several elections and I’ve never faced the outright hostility towards a republican candidate like I have with Cuch and Jackson. And it’s not just blue households.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

If you’re really experienced boots on the ground maybe you can shed some light on what the problem is, at least as you’ve experienced it. Ignoring the blue households that won’t vote Republican anyway, what exactly are you hearing that’s raising the ire of so many otherwise reachable voters? Is it McDonnell or is it Cuccinelli himself? You mentioned GOP women earlier, have they told you what it is that has so many of them ready to stay home or vote for the libtard?

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

We really didn’t learn from the five Senate seats lost to bad candidates in 2010 and 2012.

Mister Mets on September 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

McAuliffe will win, but it could be short lived… Lots of skeletons in that closet…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

The question is why social issues have been working against Republicans in the last 8 years?… Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Dude, gay marriage.

Let us exclude the abortion issue which I am not sure where it is going and gay marriage which has pretty obviously changed substantially to the left. I think on the other social issues, I think we can say that the country has moved to the left, though less dramatically than with gay marriage.

I think the only thing that left gets right some of the time is social issues.

thuja on September 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The reason Democrats are currently leading is that there are a lot more voters who would vote for Bill Bolling but not Ken Cucinelli than those who would go to the polls for Cucinelli but not Bolling.

Mister Mets on September 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

McAuliffe will win, but it could be short lived… Lots of skeletons in that closet…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Now would be a good time to start telling us all (especially anybody who will be voting in Virginia) about those skeletons in McAulliffe’s closet.

Sharing information before an election can make a difference.

Skeletons being exposed after an election is just frustrating.

wren on September 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

At some point excessive fundraising & ads lose their utility. Still, it’s not good that projected turnout for Cuccinelli might be low. Hopefully lots of people who might consider McAuliffe will find that they hate themselves if they vote for the uberdouche.

22044 on September 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

People always want to blame social issues. I think it’s more that McDonnell isn’t popular and has a scandal and he’s a republican than it has to do with social issues. But everyone prefers to blame social issues so let’s drop social issues from the platform!

mrscullen on September 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Is it McDonnell or is it Cuccinelli himself? You mentioned GOP women earlier, have they told you what it is that has so many of them ready to stay home or vote for the libtard?

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

It’s the totality of Cuch’s social positions. Totally ignoring the blue houses, many of the comments I get are about Cuch’s backing of the trans-vag1nal ultrasound requirement before getting an abortion (even from staunch pro-life women), his anti-gay stances, his statement on opposition to no-fault divorce, etc. Plus, his ties to Johnny Williams and Star Scientific have taken a toll too.

He could still pull it out, but it isn’t going to be easy.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

He won’t endorse McAuliffe.

Look, the Va GOP caused this mess. First, they did away with the primary in favor of a convention to nominate our candidates. I’ll give Ken credit, he outsmarted Bolling on that one. Then, Jackson emerged as the Lt. Governor candidate when the delegates split on the nomination.

If there had been a primary, I’ll guarantee you Cuch and Jackson would not have been nominated.

Someone said this earlier, but Virginians as a whole do not elect extreme candidates from either party. One of Cuch’s problems is women. I’ve had many long-term, reliable GOP women voters tell me they’ll either stay home or vote for McAuliffe. That’s a damn big problem.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Hmmm. Pretty sure Mcauliffe is a pretty “extreme” candidate. A moderate he is surely not. He is also corrupt, likely to be under federal indictment even before he takes the oath of office.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Hmmm. Pretty sure Mcauliffe is a pretty “extreme” candidate. A moderate he is surely not. He is also corrupt, likely to be under federal indictment even before he takes the oath of office.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Yep…he’s running as a moderate, though.

22044 on September 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

knocking on doors, volunteering time and donating money.

I’ll tell ya though, this one is different.

I’ve knocked on doors in my precinct for the last several elections and I’ve never faced the outright hostility towards a republican candidate like I have with Cuch and Jackson. And it’s not just blue households.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Thank you for all that you are doing to support Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign and for sharing your analysis based on your experience, BacaDog!

I hope the exposure of skeletons in McAuliffe’s closet can trump concerns about positions on social issues.

wren on September 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I don’t think Cucinelli is losing, but who knows? In our area, Bill Bolling isn’t a factor, but what is a factor is the Republican Party of VA. They are royally PO’d that the ticket that was chosen is basically Tea Party. They are losing their grip on Republicans and they are just plain sour grapes. Our local party is just plain lazy, but also afraid. Tea Party is overtaking them. They think that they can just sit back and win elections because there is no one else to vote for. Knocking on doors has unveiled people that can regurgitate newspaper talking points, but don’t have a clue as to what is happening. This is depressing, but many will never vote for a Democrat.

We attended a fund raiser for E.W. Jackson last night. This man is able to articulate Conservatism like no other. I do believe he is better than Reagan at it. His message is Liberty. His story is one of accomplishment, honor, and integrity—-family and God. He draws people into his circle and speaks with authority. This guy is fantastic. The same with Cucinelli. His message is the Constitution and jobs, oil, and coal. All the nasty stuff Liberals hate, but is necessarily for life. McAullif spouts hate and drivel. We report, you decide.

BetseyRoss on September 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Anyone have a vile or two of the Ebola virus to drop in Northern Virginia?

This country needs to break up.

Daemonocracy on September 6, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Problem with Virginia:

(1) Lots of government workers in Northern Virginia
(2) Lots of migrants from Maryland
(3) Not very socially conservative

Focus on corruption (to save Virginia from becoming another Maryland), school choice (to save minority children from failing public schools), individual liberty (arming women with guns to equalize them to sexist men), crime (focusing hard on punishing rapist), and be for a strong military (but not a bunch of stupid wars in the middle east). Ok to focus on late term abortion, and use logic and scientific arguments against it.

Stay away from all abortion issues not related to late term abortion, say you don’t care about gay marriage one way or the other because it affects such a small amount of people, etc.

To many conservatives think we can win purple states by telling the people the full truth when they are not ready for the full truth, but too many RINOs think you must become progressives to win purple states. There is a third way…

William Eaton on September 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Union land.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

@BacaDog: I’m a woman in VA, and I will not be voting for Cucinelli. He’s too far to the right for me. I’m a former liberal, former NJ resident, now independent. I haven’t voted Dem since I moved here 11 years ago.

I won’t vote for either candidate for governor. Cucinelli has pretty much lost independents like me.

Meryl Yourish on September 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Virginia is becoming a glaring example of the GOP losing their “messaging” skills..If we do not start getting our message out things will get worse..:(

Dire Straits on September 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Did the country move left on social issues in the last 8 years?…

mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

How do you not know this? Get out of the echo chamber…..

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I’m a woman in VA, and I will not be voting for Cucinelli. He’s too far to the right for me. I’m a former liberal, former NJ resident, now independent. I haven’t voted Dem since I moved here 11 years ago.

I won’t vote for either candidate for governor. Cucinelli has pretty much lost independents like me.

Meryl Yourish on September 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

No one is buying it. Concern troll somewhere else. Now Moby along, I hear Kos has a few other assignments for you.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM

The influx of independent swing voters big government bureaucrats, especially into the northern Virginia and Tidewater regions in recent years, is moving the commonwealth’s once once solidly red status toward deeper shades of purple, and the undecided contingent could still be very much up for grabs

fixed

Lost in Jersey on September 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

A good candidate like Cuccinelli losing to McAuliffe. Pathetic. Oh, but a ham sandwich could have defeated Obama. Delusional bs. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Mitt maximized the GOP vote.

Basilsbest on September 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Rasmussen poll: McAuliffe 45, Cuccinelli 38 in Virginia

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

No one is buying it. Concern troll somewhere else. Now Moby along, I hear Kos has a few other assignments for you.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM

This quote and the mindset behind it are a big part of the problem conservatives have right now and why we keep losing.

BacaDog has first-hand accounts of why the GOP candidate is struggling in Virginia right now, and a basis for comparison to make statements of what’s different now as opposed to the past. Baca’s information fits perfectly with the trend that is clearly visible in the polling data. Then someone posts something in support of what Baca has said, includes in their post a link to a WordPress blog that has hundreds of pages of content that goes back for years and rags on Obama, savages Islamists, is pro Israel, pro gun, defends Sarah Palin (and that’s just on a couple random pages I clicked through) but because their post runs counter to someone’s personal narrative they get written off as a Moby concern troll despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

The inability of some of us to engage in even the slightest bit of introspection or consider the possibility that what we think might not be right is why we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Until we grow up and become open to the possibility our preconceived notions might not be exactly right (no matter how uncomfortable that thought makes us!) we will keep on handing victory to the Democrats.

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Meryl Yourish on September 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

No one is buying it. Concern troll somewhere else. Now Moby along, I hear Kos has a few other assignments for you.

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM

What Meryl said is exactly what I am hearing when knocking on doors.

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

This. +1,000

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

That’s the right sentiment and the wrong place to voice it.

HotAir has increasingly become an echo-chamber for myopic conservatives, and I know exactly when it got this bad – in the run up to the election, the site’s editors (including AP from time to time) decided to push the “all polling is rigged” narrative.

That was throwing gas on a fire. All the commenters who disagreed were harried off the site, and the only ones left are the TrueCons and people who like the site enough to put up with their bullcrap.

KingGold on September 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM

People always want to blame social issues. I think it’s more that McDonnell isn’t popular and has a scandal and he’s a republican than it has to do with social issues. But everyone prefers to blame social issues so let’s drop social issues from the platform!

mrscullen on September 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I vote right. I’m active in politics but I’m not a Christian. I don’t like statists, on the right or the left. Anybody who wants to use government office to implement social policy on the right or left is wrong. It’s repugnant.

I don’t live in VA. If McAuliffe successfully defined his opponent in this way to the public, whether using Cuccinelli’s words/actions or not, then he wins by working the first rule in politics: define yourself and your opponent before your opponent does.

Cuccinelli should have been ready with a solid response to this. The GOP consistently never is. Until they are, they will lose where this is effectively employed.

beatcanvas on September 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

How can we be losing? Why are Republicans such losers? It should be a law that republicans have a big “L” tattooed on their forehead. “Impotence and incompetence”, that is what we stand for.

I know, I know.

Blah blah blah.

No Chop Charlie on September 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

BacaDog on September 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Thanks. Sometimes people on here just make me wonder. When someone posts something like this

How is Cucinelli losing???? I mean Mcauliffe is a hack and far left zealot. Who could be under federal indictment before he even takes the oath of office.

Anyone from Virginia can explain this?

Raquel Pinkbullet on September 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

then two different people from Virginia explain it just like was asked to but the answer isn’t what the poster wanted to hear so the uncomfortable truth dismissed out of hand. It’s why they call us The Stupid Party.

alchemist19 on September 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

People who are “hard right” on the social issues often have strong religious beliefs that they can’t, or won’t, just forget when they go in to the voting booth.

The woman above, the former liberal, feels that she can’t betray her beliefs but she and others like her expect those with religious beliefs to betray theirs and feel they, not she, is the problem.

The social cons though are the only ones ever blamed for losses.

Not voting for Cuccinelli because you don’t like his stand on social issues is like cutting off yiur nose to spite your face.

Angineer on September 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM

This will be another great victory of the Tea Party, the very best friend of any liberal democrat candidate.

Falz on September 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I don’t see grass roots republicans working hard enough in Va, blaming the Tea Party? are they there? are they doing anything?

This campaign was being waged by the Washington Post as a favor to democrats, with the phoney gift/loan scandal. McDonnell didn’t do anything that wasn’t allowed in VA. No other candidates have been examined, this was a story to combat the corrupt image of this Clintonista.

It doesn’t matter if Cuccinelli is your preferred candidate or your identity candidate or your Tea Party candidate, he is not going to turn all of VA into Washington D.C. Don’t say that Virginians will get what they deserve, get out there and work to convince independents and moderates (?) that they have more to LOSE with McCaulliffe.

And, also, go book the rental on all the busees so the democrats can’t get them for election day. They bus them until they have enough votes. Long lines equal disenfranchisement (slow buses.)

Fleuries on September 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM