GOP Takes Command in Virginia
A new Washington Post poll in the Virginia gubernatorial race has Republican candidate Bob McDonnell jumping to a 9-point lead over Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds, a 5-point boost that the newspaper credits in part to Deeds’s “bungling questions from reporters about whether he supports a tax increase.” Republican candidates hold identical 9-point leads in the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
I’ve heard increasing chatter over the past week that Democrats may triage and try to win just one of the statewide elections — the attorney general’s race — if Deeds’ stumbles look to be insurmountable. A Republican sweep would put Ken Cuccinelli, the party’s candidate for AG, in pole position for a 2012 Senate bid or, more likely, a 2013 campaign for governor. (Former Sen. George Allen is also seen as a top candidate for either one of those elections.)