First Click -- Virginia
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
Good morning politicos! Twelve days to go until Election Day, and the campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates are sprinting along.
The narrative remained largely static Wednesday, with more encouraging poll numbers for Republican Bob McDonnell and more evidence that Democrat Creigh Deeds is banking on a last-minute surge of support from supporters of President Obama.
Public Policy Polling, which uses a methodology that our in-house polling experts don't love, released numbers Wednesday giving McDonnell a 12-point lead over Deeds, a large jump from three weeks ago, when the same firm put Deeds within five points.
McDonnell launched his "New Jobs, New Virginia" tour yesterday with a stop at a Lynchburg furniture maker; today he continues the tour with a visit to a Culpeper home building company. And he got a boost when former state senator Brandon Bell, a Republican who had endorsed Deeds, switched horses midstream.
Deeds's only public appearance today is at a forum in Hampton sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Down the ballot, lieutenant governor candidates Jody Wagner, the Democrat, and incumbent Bill Bolling, the Republican, continued to try to define the race in the same way, with each accusing the other of poor job performance.
The Post's Bob McCartney weighed in today with a column describing Republican attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli as "to the right of right." Cuccinelli debuted a new ad accusing Democratic opponent Steve Shannon of not knowing what the attorney general's job is.
October 22, 2009; 7:35 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell
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