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2 Days Before VA GOP Convention, It's McAuliffe 43%-Cuccinelli 38%

by: lowkell

Thu May 16, 2013 at 06:21:33 AM EDT

With Virginia Tea Partiers and hard-right-wing Republicans set to formally nominate the most right-wing ticket in our state's history on Saturday, a brand new poll from Quinnipiac University (note: according to Nate Silver, Quinnipiac was more accurate than both PPP and the Washington Post polls in 2012) shows Terry McAuliffe opening up a 5-point lead over Ken Cuccinelli.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a slight 43 - 38 percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race to become Virginia's next governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.


The McAuliffe-Cuccinelli race has been a tossup since Quinnipiac University began surveying the contest late last year, with a March 27 survey showing Cuccinelli at 40 percent to McAuliffe's 38 percent, a statistical tie.

So, that's a 7-point improvement for Terry McAuliffe since March 27 in the Q-Poll. Of course, this is going to be a long, hard-fought, most likely very negative race, but it's encouraging to see McAuliffe opening up a lead over Cuccinelli, however small. Hopefully, once Virginians really start to focus on how extremist the Tea, "Republican" ticket will be, they'll flock in droves to the mainstream/moderate Democratic ticket. Stay tuned...

P.S. In other news, the Q-Poll shows Hillary Clinton absolutely romping in Virginia if she's the 2016 Democratic nominee, by 13 points over Marco Rubio and by 10 points over Paul Ryan. No wonder why Republicans are pounding away on their Benghazi non-"scandal." They are terrified of Hillary Clinton and another 8 years of Republicans shut out of the White House. So sad - boo hoo. :(

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I'm already sick of the Cooch's wife (0.00 / 0)
This commercial is making me nuts...I don't know why anyone would think this was a good ad. It makes Ken look like a p-word who can't man up and speak for himself, and does nothing to address issues people care about, education, and transportation. Who cares if Cooch slept in a homeless shelter and what he did in college? It is more than obvious he's got nothing else to run on. I guarantee that's why T-Macs numbers are up.

NW, Your Observation...... (0.00 / 0)
in my opinion, is really missing the mark.

First of all, here is the ad in question:

This ad accomplishes a couple of things.

It's an introduction of Cucinneli by his wife, to voters.  Frankly, she comes across as likeable and I think her voice has a soothing quality to it that holds your interest.  Then as she speaks, and the images go by, she is obviously smoothing the rough edges out that Cooch has by trying to portray him as more of a compassionate conservative, as opposed to the rigid right winger Dems will try to cast him as.  The campaign is defining him before Terry's campaign does, and frankly, I think she does a good job in this ad.  And the last couple of frames in the video does two things:  it gets the message out to the family values crowd that he is one of them, an important part of the Republican base, but I also think it's is an image meant to contrast with Terry's family life outlined by Terry himself in his book.  And the timing of the ad was smart - run it prior to the convention in order to contradict what voters may read or hear about him during coverage of their convention.  

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The ad is a good one, but will voters be fooled? (0.00 / 0)
The question is, will soothing words be sufficient to hide Ken Cuccinelli's harsh, extremist, Tea Party agenda: banning abortion and many forms of contraception; trashing the environment and doing the polluters' bidding; persecuting LGBT Virginians; making the tax code far more regressive, thus harming the working and middle classes while benefiting the richest Virginians; restricting voting rights; etc, etc? Also, can any ad change the fact that Cuccinelli has been involved in two significant scandals - the "U.S. Navy Veterans/Bobby Thompson scam and the ongoing Star Scientific mess? We'll see, but I'm expecting millions of dollars in McAuliffe ads to let every Virginian know EXACTLY who Kookinelli is and what he's done to deserve their scorn.

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Video: Carole King explains why she supports Terry McAuliffe (0.00 / 0)

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Remember, we don't want to wake up on November 6 (0.00 / 0)
and say whoops, "it's too late baby now it's too late..."

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"Women for Terry" Launches With Coalition of Over 400 Women (0.00 / 0)
From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:
"Women for Terry" Launches With Coalition of Over 400 Women

Women for Terry, a bipartisan coalition of women in support of Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia launched in Richmond on Thursday. Over 400 women have already signed up to join efforts to inform citizens of the Commonwealth that McAuliffe will protect Virginia's women's rights and find mainstream solutions to the problems Virginians care about.

Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Charniele Herring stressed the importance of November's election for women in the Commonwealth. "Virginia's women cannot afford to elect Ken Cuccinelli to be Governor, a man who has made it clear that he is committed to dividing our state by driving an ideological, social agenda," said Herring. "Cuccinelli tried to ban abortion even in the case of rape or incest and we've seen him try to weaken women's rights by introducing "personhood" legislation that would ban many common forms of birth control like the Pill," she added.

The announcement was made at the Greater Richmond Convention Center--the same location the Republican Party of Virginia plans to hold their state convention on Friday and Saturday.

Katherine Waddell, a former Republican and Independent member of the Virginia House of Delegates, highlighted that McAuliffe will work with both sides of the aisle to help grow the state's economy, instead of driving an agenda that will divide Virginia. "I know that Terry McAuliffe will work with Democrats, Independents and Republicans to find commonsense solutions to the issues Virginians care about," she commented.

Karen Remley, former Health Commissioner of Virginia who resigned last year after Ken Cuccinelli forced the Virginia Board of Health to pass medically unnecessary building code regulations designed shut down women's health centers closed out the announcement.

"Over the last year, we have watched medical science and public health take a back seat to political agendas here in the Commonwealth. I personally left a job I loved, because Attorney General Cuccinelli used his position to overreach his authority, placing his personal agenda ahead of thoughtful, objective and fair application of the law," Remley stated.

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