Ratings Change: A Democratic Tide in Virginia

Some history is being made in Virginia. The statehouse battle was supposed to be close. But as we look at Virginia’s gubernatorial contest in the stretch, just about everything is moving in a Democratic direction. …

This has the makings of a donnybrook for the Republicans, even in the face of McAuliffe’s governmental inexperience, lack of Virginia ties, controversial business deals and mediocre (at best) favorability ratings. After all, the Democrat’s ratings are not nearly as ugly as Cuccinelli’s, and elections are a choice, however distasteful. …

Nothing in modern times will signal Virginia’s political transformation more than the election of Terry McAuliffe, on the surface a most unlikely governor of the Old Dominion — at least as people once conceived of the state. CONT.

Larry J. Sabato & Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato’s Crystal Ball