VA-Gov: First Post-Primary Poll Shows Democrat Deeds Leading
by Senate Guru, Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:50:52 PM EDT
Right out of the gate, Rasmussen Reports has released a poll taken Wednesday night showing newly-minted Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds leading Republican Bob McDonnell 47-41. No doubt, these numbers may be a bit inflated in Deeds' favor, it being a one-day poll taken as Deeds enjoyed glowing press following his come-from-behind primary victory. Nevertheless, given that the last Ras poll matching up Deeds and McDonnell showed McDonnell leading 45-30, these are welcomed numbers. Deeds also enjoys a slight favorability edge over McDonnell according to the poll, with Deeds at 59-27, compared with McDonnell's 52-28.
Deeds and McDonnell have, of course, tangled before, with McDonnell barely edging Deeds by a hair in the 2005 Attorney General race, the difference being 323 votes out of over 1.94 million votes counted (yes, just 323 - no, that's not a typo with zeroes missing). So this will be very close. This first poll, though, refutes the inevitability meme that McDonnell was hoping to spread.
After losing the NY-20 special House election and losing a Senator to a Party switch, the GOP is reeling. Losing VA-Gov, which they are expecting to win comfortably, would be a major body blow heading into the 2010 calendar year. So get on the Deeds bus! Visit his website. Join the Facebook group. Follow Deeds on Twitter. Subscribe to the e-mail list. Oh, yeah, and please contribute!
If you need to know the type of Republican we're facing in Bob McDonnell, visit TheRealBobMcDonnell.com for all the dirt (and share that URL with anyone you know who lives in Virginia, has friends and family in Virginia, might move to Virginia, etc.). If you're looking to pigeonhole McDonnell, the best description is that he is a Pat Robertson disciple. Yeah. So it would be awfully swell to keep him out of the Governor's office.
Remember: the 2005 Deeds-McDonnell race was decided by 323 votes out of over 1.94 million votes counted. This race will be exceptionally close. Every single dollar will make a difference. Every single minute spent volunteering will make a difference. Republicans will be favored to win this right up until Election Day. However, if Democrats in Virginia and across the country are able to contribute time, money, and resources, we can flush the conventional wisdom down the toilet and deliver yet another embarrassment to the Rush-Newt-Cheney Republican Party and another loss to the Michael Steele RNC.