Is Deeds surging?
Six days before the Democratic primary for governor, that's certainly what state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds wants us to think.
His campaign has been quietly -- and not so quietly -- letting everyone who will listen know he is moving ahead in recent polls and could go down as one of the greatest come-from-behind success stories in recent state history. (Okay, well since Jim Webb, anyway).
"This huge surge for Creigh happened because of you,'' Deeds' campaign manager Joe Abbey wrote in a letter to supporters this week. "Now that we are in the lead, we can expect our opponents to come out swinging."
In recent days, Deeds rivals' Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran have started trying to undermine Deeds, mostly behind the scenes.
On Thursday, Moran criticized Deeds on NewsChannel 8. The next day, Moran did the same thing on Mark Plotkin's radio program on WTOP.
The criticisms were about Deeds' stance on offshore drilling, gay rights, transportation and his opposition to a one-handgun-a-month law supported by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.
"If it were up to Creigh Deeds as governor we'd have guns in bars,'' Moran said. "He opposed Governor Wilder's one-gun-a-month...I mean, so there are differences. I just want people to understand the differences and want them educated and then win or lose, at least I had a fighting chance."
Last week, McAuliffe, who has repeatedly pledged to stay positive, mailed out a brochure in Northern Virginia that his rivals described as negative. The mailer compared himself against Deeds and Moran on a variety of issues including payday lending, campaign finance and lobby reform. Deeds and Moran considered the comparison misleading.
Deeds' attributes his recent momentum to his TV campaign, which has introduced him to voters in most markets across the state, and a reknewed effort in vote-rich Northern Virginia, which began after he received an endorsement from the Washington Post.
Is it real or imagined? We'll find out Tuesday.
June 3, 2009; 11:43 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe
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