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October 30, 2013 - 10:37 am

Yesterday.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe now has a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, according to the latest Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll.

The former Clinton fundraiser now tops the attorney general 51% to 39% among likely voters with a week left in the campaign. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received 8% of the vote. In the same poll taken last month, Mr. McAuliffe had an 8-point lead over Mr. Cuccinelli, 47% to 39%, with Mr. Sarvis receiving 10%.

Today.

Finally, some good news for embattled Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the candidate for governor running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows Mr. Cuccinelli lagging by only four points behind Mr. McAuliffe, 41 % to Mr. McAuliffe’s 45 %, among likely voters.

Just 24 hours ago, on Tuesday, a Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll showed Mr. McAuliffe with a 12-point lead, running 51% to 39% against Mr. Cuccinelli. That poll promptly provoked a spurt of negative opinion pieces by Republican columnists and commentators about the alleged drag on the GOP by hard-line conservative tea-party types.

That’s such a stark difference that one wonders if the respondents in both polls were still drunk from last weekend’s Halloween parties. Republicans should be extremely wary of any polls, especially after last year, but it’s better to see one moving in the right direction rather than the wrong, no matter how skeptical you are.

Personally, I have always maintained that any Republican lead of less than four percentage points on election day is vulnerable to the always superior get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats, so a four-point deficit isn’t that moving.

Still, the specter of a reboot of a fully functioning Clinton sleaze machine should haunt all people who don’t want to see Hillary in the Oval Office, and a McAuliffe victory would only be the beginning of that frightening return.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Voters get the government they deserve - and should McAuliffe be elected they'll 'get it' - in spades.

Progressives will be swinging from the treetops if McAuliffe wins - thinking this is an 'omen'. Yup - its an omen all right but not the one you were thinking. Dark days are ahead if the voters keep putting crooks in office.

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"Personally, I have always maintained that any Republican lead of less than four percentage points on election day is vulnerable to the always superior get out the vote effort by the Democrats. . ." Yeah, pollsters still haven't figured out how to account for all the dead people who, suprisingly, vote 100% for Democrats. And in my state, the votes are counted in a private room by government employees wearing SIEU tea-shirts.
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Cuccinellli is even worsr than Santorem. His feelings regarding issues which are of interest to female voters re really bizarre. Hr jumped on the bandwagon to sue Obama about the health insurance but he didn't win.
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I agree that Republican candidates typically need a solid lead to actually win the elections, but I'm sorry, as a person who has watched polls, it is not because Democrats have a superior get-out-the-vote effort. It is because they have a superior make-up-the-vote effort. The number of people who came to my polling place last national election who were shunted to a provisional ballot because someone had mysteriously voted FOR them using a mail-in was just staggering, and it's the same story from friends in conservative districts across the state. You only have my word for it, I get that. But I think I have at least one commonly-known data point on my side now. My take on Colorado's election recalls actually working was that the mail-in ballots weren't used because one of the candidates applied late and there wasn't time to print and send 'em. Suddenly the liberal college students who had been in the habit of coming and dropping them off ten at a time had nothing to do, and the usual machines... spiritual descendents and cousins of Acorn... had no way of very helpfully voting for the "misguided" members of society. But short of that kind of luck ameliorating the cheating, the only way the Republican wins in a longstanding Democratic enclave is if the Dems underestimate the amount they need to cheat, which I figure is what happened with Scott Walker a few years ago. And frankly, if this poll scares 'em, that's not happening. They'll be pulling double shifts filling out votes.

Now, you want to see polls that actually have something to do with the elections, get rid of absentee ballots and early voting. Make people come and stand in line and make them show ID. Put in some consistent way of demonstrating people have voted, too... even if we have to go all the way to having them dip their fingers in permanent ink. I bet you election results would become a lot less mysterious, and so quickly that it would make your head spin. But Democrats would also fight it tooth and nail, because like vampires, they are allergic to sunlight.
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I was a Virginia voter for 40 years and would have to hold my nose when voting for Cucinnelli. He is much too far right for me. However his opponent is straight out of the Clinton FOBs and I just couldn't take that. The GOP will have to quell the avid far righters if they hope to get any votes from Northern Virginia.
The friends of Pat Robertson are far too influential in the Virginia GOP;
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I first heard him speak and developed an admiration as 1st Attorney General to file Obamacare lawsuit.

His main domestic push isn't about what women can and can't do with their bodies and all that dumb jazz, but care of minor children.

Anyway, as usual, democrats are courting the Latino voten in Virginia...doing what democrats do, mollycoddling individuals who know very little about what governance is spozed to me in the US.

"The state’s Latino population of 630,000 has soared by 92 percent since 2000, and 74 percent of Hispanic U.S. citizens in the state, about 214,000, are registered to vote. Of those, more than two-thirds identify themselves as Democratic —"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-latinos-courted-by-democrats-plunge-into-state-political-activism/2013/10/28/8108a602-3c2a-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html



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Cucinnelli is too extreme for today's Virginia 199082013 Virginia is not the same as 1990 or 1850/

The Duggar family campaigning for him with their 20 children is quite disgusting.

His rushing to file a sodomy case is creepy.


His ultrasound vaginal inspections even for early terminations is an attack on women

His position on contraception is 1830 position..

He IS SIMPLY TOO EXTREME FOR todays highly educated Virginia with people migrating from all parts of the world/US packing in the northern part
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Sounds like more of those gross misrepresentations the win-at-any-cost Left has put out about Ken Cuccinelli, Sam.

(and since you know SO MUCH about him, you could at least spell his name correctly)

On all measures of morality, honesty & intelligence, Ken Cuccinelli dances rings around Terry ("will say anything for votes") Terry McAuliffe.

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A buffoon like McCauliffe will be elected by a majority of other buffoons; some self-serving, most comatose and the others already dead.
1 year ago
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I understand Cuccinelli hired a bunch of establishment political strategists out of DC, and when the TEA Party offered to assist, they got ignored. He could have used his fight against Obamacare as a way to rally TEA Party support and enthusiam, instead his consultants wasted all that political good will, and drove many of the TEA Party conservatives to his Libertarian opponent.

"Elections aren't won by moving to the center, elections are won by exciting the base to drag their friends, family, and neighbors to the polls." Jacksonian Libertarian
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WAPo's polls have a very long record of overstating the D leads. This was true even when Barone was there. On the other hand, they can overstate by quite a bit, and still pick the winner here. I'm not optimistic.
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I'm really depressed that my home state of Virginia is set to elect TERRY freaking MCAULIFFE to be governor. Really guys??

There isn't a bigger sleaze ball in the Dem stable these days. And he's going to win? We're doomed.
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I'd love to see the voter screens and turn out models used in these polls. That McAwful has called upon both Clinton and Obama suggests concerns about turnout on his part.
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I have seen enough illegal aliens registered to vote in Albemarle Co. to guarantee you that all that is needed for a Demokrat victory is a tight race. Coccinelli will win if the GOP can get out the vote in all the rural areas. But the legendary incompetence of the GOP in the Commonwealth make that a very unlikely scenario. My message to Conservative Virginians is this: get out there and vote in droves for Cuccinelli or you are bound to become South New Jersey. I love Virginia more than anything in this world, my prayers are with Mr. Cuccinelli and his supporters. Be what you are and care not for the northern counties: give them hell, Ken!
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