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Three New Polls Confirm It; Bob McDonnell Is Pulling Away

by @ 12:46 pm on October 30, 2009. Filed under 2009 Governor's Race, Bob McDonnell, Creigh Deeds, Virginia, Virginia Politics

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Riley at Virginia Virtucon has the news:

Today, Roanoke College, Suffolk University and Daily Kos / Research 2000 all released their polls showing Bob McDonnell holding a lead of anywhere between 10 and 17 points.  Roanoke and Suffolk polled the downballot statewide races as well and found the GOP holding significant double-digit leads in both of those races as well.

If all these numbers hold and the undecideds either stay home or jump on the McDonnell bandwagon to be on the winning side, there is a VERY real possibility that McDonnell will be elected by a margin not seen since the GOP became competitive in Virginia during the last 40 years.  In fact, a 17 point victory would match the one that George Allen won in 1993, which to date remains the largest of any modern Virginia governor.

The only question left is how long McDonnell’s coattails will be.

For more thoughts, read my Pajama’s Media column about the Virginia Governor’s race.

One Response to “Three New Polls Confirm It; Bob McDonnell Is Pulling Away”

  1. Let's Be Free says:

    In the presidential election there were significant groups who felt ignored, powerless and disenfranchised, mostly by the fading Republican power structure. Bush brought much of this on by really meaning it when he said he didn’t make decisions based on popularity polls (at least on Iraq). The voters thought that Obama, unlike Bush, would listen and work with them to make a difference.

    The voters believed in Obama. And in the social-networking internet era, they linked up and formed grass roots coalitions that merged and integrated with the top-down management of the political campaign.

    The lesson in Virginia today is that when the Democrats don’t have a movement-oriented ticket then good, common-sensical Republicans are still appealing.

    The smart party going forward creates a movement and puts forward a set of beliefs that young people in particular can sign on to. And if the Republicans do it, the package should be about empowering people, believing and unleashing their potential, which is what is implicitly in McDonnell’s campaign. It’s not going to be a Contract with America this time — instead it should be a Contract for Americans.

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