The polls closed a little over two hours ago and it appears the Sen. Creigh Deeds has won a huge victory in his campaign for governor. According to Politico, the Associated Press called the race for Deeds when 65% of the vote was reported. At that point, Deeds had 50% of the vote. I’ve seen some speculation on Twitter tonight from “Not Larry Sabato” that our nominee may end up winning every Congressional district in the Commonwealth.
By any measure, this is an impressive victory. Sen. Deeds enters the general election campaign with the support of the majority of Virginia Democrats and he is well positioned to defeat Republican nominee Bob McDonnell in the fall. Continue reading →
All registered voters are eligible to vote in the Democratic primary regardless of whether you consider yourself a Democrat or not. Virginia doesn’t have party registration, so Republicans and Independents may join Democrats in choosing the Democratic nominee. (For what it’s worth, Republicans have already selected their nominees for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General in a state convention which featured Sean Hannity from Fox News — he’s “fair & balanced” you know. The Republican’s choice of Hannity tells you all you need to know about their slate.)
As for me, I am voting for Creigh Deeds. Here’s why.
Just posted tonight on the Public Policy Polling blog: State Senator Creigh Deeds has taken a commanding lead in the final poll conducted by the firm. According to PPP, “Deeds is now at 40%, followed by Terry McAuliffe at 26%, and Brian Moran at 24%.” Continue reading →
Where was Terry McAuliffe last year about this time? He was pushing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign a good three months after it was clear to everyone else that she couldn’t win. Continue reading →
Yesterday Ryan Nobles of NBC 12 in Richmond had a thought-provoking post which looked at the possibility of former Governor and former Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder crossing party lines and endorsing Republican Bob McDonnell for Governor.
My take is that Wilder would only endorse in this race unless he believed his endorsement would make a difference in the outcome of the race. Given his apparent personal distaste for Terry McAuliffe, I think you can guarantee a Wilder endorsement for McDonnell if McAuliffe is the Democratic nominee.
But I think Wilder would sit out the race if Moran or Deeds is the nominee for the Democrats — he just wouldn’t have an impact.
Ryan also had a very telling interview with Bob McDonnell on the subject.
Creigh Deeds was endorsed by the Bristol Herald Courier this morning. The editorial board of the paper had good things to say about both Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, but threw their support to Deeds. They write in part:
…we believe Deeds is best suited, with his 18 years of experience building relationships across Virginia and a deep understanding of rural challenges. Continue reading →
It's voter suppression in April; in May, it's not a big deal.
Today the Washington Post ran a blog post where Ralph Nader accused Terry McAuliffe of offering him an undisclosed amount of money to pull out of 19 battleground states in the 2004 Presidential election. (“Nader Accuses McAuliffe of Suppressing Votes”.) There is also a story out tonight which will be in tomorrow’s paper. (“Nader: McAuliffe Offered Money To Avoid Key States in ’04 Race”)
So what did Terry McAuliffe have to say about this? Did he deny it? Um, no. He had his campaign spokeswoman respond to the Post on his behalf. She didn’t deny Nader’s accusation at all. Instead, she sought to dismiss it. Continue reading →
Sen. Creigh Deeds is my choice for Governor of Virginia.
As readers of this blog know, among the three candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor of Virginia, from the beginning, I’ve only considered giving my vote to either former Virginia Delegate Brian Moran or State Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County.
For reasons not worth repeating, I never considered the third candidate seeking the nomination, whom I see as a destructive force in Democratic politics. Brian Moran put it best in a recent ad when he said that candidate represents the kind of big money politics Barack Obama ran against. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading →
Mine That Bird caught nearly everyone by surprise in winning yesterday's Kentucky Derby.
The Washington Post has an interesting blog post out today which describes how the campaigns of Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran reacted to yesterday’s above the fold A1 story examining McAuliffe’s past business dealings.
Amy Gardner, the reporter who wrote the Sunday story blogs that McAuliffe’s campaign distributed their rebuttal to the story at 10:51 p.m. Saturday night, just hours after the story appeared online, shortly after that, the Moran campaign issued a news release at 1:22 a.m on Sunday morning. criticizing McAuliffe for his past business dealings.