In Virginia, Uphill Battle for Cuccinelli, Social Conservatives

The election to decide the next Virginia governor is less than two weeks away, and most polls show that Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has a strong lead. Already Republicans in the state are preparing for a possible loss and criticizing the campaign waged by their candidate, Ken Cuccinelli.

The contest also raises a deeper question, however, about the future of socially conservative candidates in the state. A survey of past election results and population shifts suggests an increasingly difficult landscape for candidates with strong social conservative positions — or at least for those framed as social conservatives. CONT.

Dante Chinni, Wall Street Journal