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October 10, 2013


Is Virginia a Warning Sign for Republicans?

Harry Enten: "Republicans should pay attention to what's looking increasingly like a Democratic win in the making in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election; that ought to make them at least a little worried for the 2014 midterms. Historically, whichever party is in the White House loses the Virginia gubernatorial election, just as the White House's party loses House seats in midterm elections. The last time this did not happen was 40 years ago, in 1973."

"The issue for Republicans nationwide [is] Cuccinelli embodies their present identity in many ways. Both are becoming deeply unpopular for conservative positions... Meanwhile, McAuliffe looks a lot like Democrats nationally. Both are not well-liked (you could even say, disliked), but they're not seen as extremist - and, crucially, they look great when compared to the other guy."

"So, Republicans should have a bit of a sinking feeling when looking at Virginia. When presented with the choice between ugly and uglier, Virginians seem to have decided to go with ugly. This may not end up being predictive of next year's midterms, but it should be unsettling, to say the least, to Republicans nationally."












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