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
A couple of quick details about Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections:
- Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
- To find your polling place, click here.
- 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
Creigh Deeds is surging, Terry McAuliffe is faltering and Brian Moran is trying to take the lead back from Deeds. That’s probably what’s behind Moran’s latest criticism’s of Deeds and the gas tax.
For its part, the Washington Post, which has endorsed Deeds over the two Northern Virginia candidates in the race, is having none of it. In fact, they call Moran’s criticisms “demagoguery”.
The Post also says Moran has mounted a “dubious line of attack” against Deeds which they believe is “seemingly hypocritical” since Moran has voted for gas tax increases himself.
Read today’s editorial for yourself and find out why the Washington Post said, “…Mr. Deeds is the best choice among the Democratic candidates for governor…”
There’s a new editorial in the Richmond Times Dispatch just posted on their website. When I read it, I had to smile. I wrote essentially the same thing on May 28. Continue reading
Earlier this evening, the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) released its analysis of the latest campaign finance reports submitted by the candidates for Governor.
Here’s what the latest numbers are for the 2nd quarter which began on April 1, 2009 and ended, for reporting purposes, on May 27: Continue reading