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VA: McDonnell 55 Deeds 44 (Post 10/22-25)


Washington Post
10/22-25/09; 1,206 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Post: story, toplines, crosstabs)

Virginia

2009 Governor
McDonnell 55%, Deeds 44% (chart)

Job Approval / Disapproval
Gov. Kaine: 58 / 38 (chart)
Pres. Obama: 54 / 45 (chart)

 

Comments
Stillow:

As a fan of politics I don't like blowouts...I like the close races, the vote count, the challenges, the spinning. Bush / Gore was great stuff for politcal junkies. Oh well, we still have NJ this year I guess.

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LordMike:

When Deeds said that he'd opt out of the public option for VA, that essentially was the final nail in the coffin. Already having problems getting out his base, that comment pretty much slapped the face of 87% of VA democrats (according to recent polling) who favored the public option--many passionately.

The DLC republican-lite strategy fails once again. After all, if someone wants a Republican, they will go with the full flavored version instead of the lighter, less filling version.

Moran would have been an infinitely better choice. Terry Mcauliffe may no longer be the failed head of the DNC, but once again his influence (by taking Moran out of the race) spells doom for the Democrats. Hopefully, D.C. Democrats will learn the true lesson of the race, but they probably won't. Being republican-lite is easier and more profitable.

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It seems like no Democrat could win in Virginia this year, just as no Republican could have won the Presidential election last year.

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