Election eve in the Old Dominion

posted at 1:21 pm on November 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

With t-minus one day to go until Virginians starting hitting the voting booth, both Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli were out in full force with their top-tier surrogates over the weekend, and Quinnipiac’s latest poll of the past few days showcase a race that doesn’t seem to have tightened quite as much as Republicans might have been hoping. Via CNN:

A new poll indicates Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains his advantage over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, one day before the two candidates square off on Election Day in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
According to the Quinnipiac University survey, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli among likely voters, 46%-40%. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has support among 8% of likely voters. …
The latest poll was conducted from October 29 through November 3, a window of time that included high profile campaign stops by former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama for McAuliffe. …
The new poll also indicates five percent of likely voters are undecided, while five percent say they may change their mind by Tuesday.

It’s a wider advantage than their previous poll from the early part of last week that showed a tighter split with McAuliffe leading by only four points, which might not be a surprise given that President Obama took to the trail on Sunday to do what he does best:

“Extremism,” and ergo, the government shutdown and its economic impact on [northern] Virginians specifically, was a big theme there, and Biden was off to a similar start this morning, disparaging Cuccinelli as an oh-so-extremist, anti-progress tea partier, while Cuccinelli is working the rally scene with Ron Paul and Marco Rubio in tow:

This particular Virginia race, a bellwether for next year’s midterm races all over the country? …Questionable, but at least one aspect that could definitely have some prescriptive powers here is the GOP’s strategy for winning over Hispanic votes. North Virginia especially has a lot of diverse votes for the taking, and McAuliffe is steadily leading with both women and minorities in pretty much every poll; Ed had a great interview with Daniel Garza of the Libre Initiative recently for more on that front:

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Solaratov on November 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on November 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM


Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Dire Straits on November 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Lolz! Dire! All well? ; )

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

thphilli……almost sounds like a VD.

avagreen on November 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

They always disappoint and always end up being statists.

thphilli on November 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I’m not fond of Cuccinelli’s personal views on sodomy for example, but I’m not a one issue voter. Cuccinelli was one of the main AGs in the country fighting against Obamacare and took on the EPA in the State. I believe (but could be wrong) that he has consistently returned surveys by groups like Campaign for Liberty and the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He is A rated by the NRA and is otherwise on most issues a solid libertarian leaning conservative. This is why Ron and Rand Paul are campaigning with him.

As a fellow Virginian who hopes not to end up with McAwful, think about your vote. Thanks!

Firefly_76 on November 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

So the obvious “Elephant in the Room” is, will RINOS vote for a Republican whose Ideology is to the right of Lyndon Johnson? Virginia is going to show if “so-called” moderates will vote for “Party Unity” or do what they accuse conservatives of doing, not voting & causing the election of an undesirable Death Panel Democrat. I hope I’m wrong, but RINOS have proven themselves, UNTRUSTWORTHY, more times than we can count, so, my guess is, they won’t show up to vote or they’ll vote Dem, thinking they can blame Cuccinelli or the TEA Party. I have news for you RINOS, the media won’t be on your side in ANY,AND I REPEAT ANY, General Election! You will be exposed as an Untrustworthy, Back Stabbing Group,(AGAIN) as soon as you win a Primary & face the Death Panel Democrat! But you guys keep on buying your own BS about why you keep losing & guess what? YOU WILL KEEP LOSING! Good Luck With That! #Benghazi #NoRINOS #PJNET


God Bless America!

paratisi on November 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

he has consistently returned surveys by groups like Campaign for Liberty and the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He is A rated by the NRA and is otherwise on most issues a solid libertarian leaning conservative.

So why the hell haven’t the national Rs been in his corner? What is their (his?) problem?

ugottabekiddingme on November 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

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