Reported over at Bearing Drift, both Public Policy Polling and SurveyUSA are reporting Republican candidates in Virginia with strong leads with a week to go.
SurveyUSA shows Bob McDonnell over Creigh Deeds 58-41, Bill Bolling over Judy Wagner 56-42, and Ken Cuccinelli over Steve Shannon 57-41, double-digit leads for the Republican candidate in all 3 statewide races.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) has McDonnell over Deeds 55-40, Bolling over Wagner 50-38, and Cuccinelli over Shannon 52-36, again for double-digit leads in all three races. A key piece of the PPP writeup is this:
There is some indication in the recent polls that Democratic voters are giving up on this race. At the beginning of September 38% of likely voters were Democrats. By the end of the month it was 37%, a week ago it was down to 33% and now it’s at just 31%. That trend has major implications for the party’s candidates further down the ballot.
Yes, and the implications aren’t good. As mentioned in the Hollingworth column I posted on earlier today, there are Delegate races where the Democrats were counting on pretty easy re-election wins that are, instead, getting serious competition. (Enough that the Dems had to start a series of misleading “chaff” announcements rather than run on their records.) Jim LeMunyon, Richard Anderson and, near and dear to Loudoun’s hearts, Tag Greason will all stand to benefit from this enthusiasm gap added onto their very capable campaign strategies. Naturally, incumbent Republicans like Tom Rust, Bob Marshall, and Joe May will, as well.
Keep it up, folks, and let’s finish strong!