We’re sure this is all a mere coincidence. That or the Obama Kiss of Death is way more powerful than we ever imagined.
President Obama will campaign on behalf of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe this coming Sunday, two days before commonwealth voters go to the polls to choose a successor to Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.
A statement from McAuliffe’s campaign confirmed that Obama would join the candidate at a rally in Northern Virginia. No further details were immediately available.
Polls have consistently put McAuliffe ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli during the year-long campaign. The latest poll, released by Quinnipiac University, shows McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 46 percent to 39 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis the choice of 10 percent of those polled.
Always a frontrunner, Obama figured it was in the bag so it was safe for him to show up. Not so fast, SCOAMF.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II by 4 points in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday — a considerably narrower margin than other recent public polling has shown.
The businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee leads Mr. Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, 45 percent to 41 percent, the poll showed, with 9 percent of likely voters opting for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis. That lead is down from a 46 percent to 39 percent advantage for Mr. McAuliffe in a Quinnipiac poll last week, when Mr. Sarvis was at 10 percent.
“State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is nipping at Terry McAuliffe’s heels as the race to be Virginia’s next governor enters the final week of the campaign,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It goes without saying that turnout is the key to this race and the harshly negative tone of the campaign is the kind that often turns off voters.”
It could well be folks in Virginia have awoken to the reality they have an unqualified Clinton bagman about to become their governor. Obama may soon realize he has a scheduling conflict.