Tuesday, June 2, 2009

VA Governor's Race: Deeds Shows Momentum In Final Week

Posted By: Bruce Leshan - June 2nd, 2009 3 hrs ago




WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A week before Democrats pick a candidate for Virginia governor, a new poll shows a huge shift.
The Public Policy Poll suggests Creigh Deeds, a state senator from a rural area west of Richmond, is now leading two Northern Virginians who have raised more money.

But the battle remains very, very close.

"We're delighted by this new poll," said Deeds by satellite from Charlottesville.

He's overjoyed by a survey that shows his support climbing from 14 to 20 to 27 percent in the last month. "We've felt the momentum moving and shifting, and frankly we've seen visible signs of the momentum shift in the last month."

Deed's climb seems to have come at the expense of his much better-funded rival, longtime national Democratic rainmaker Terry McAuliffe.

"Could it be that Virginians don't like this outsize personality that Terry McAuliffe has, and the allegations that he's a carpetbagger?" I asked Larry Sabato of UVA's Center for Politics.
"Absolutely," said Sabato. "Some of the charges against McAuliffe have stuck because they're true. He doesn't have a background in Virginia politics. He doesn't seem very Virginian."

Brian Moran's campaign insists its internal polling show him two points ahead. But the polls also suggest any of the three could win.

McAuliffe's campaign says it has the strongest ground game, with 14 offices packed with volunteers statewide -- and enough money to flood the expensive Northern Virginia airwaves with ads in this final week.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary will face newly minted Republican Bob McDonnell, who is sitting on a five million dollar war chest amassed while the Democrats fought among themselves.

Written by Bruce Leshan
8NEWS NOW & wusa9.com


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