I really was not following the Virginia race too closely, although just like everyone else, I noted Terry McAuliffe (D) seemed to be collapsing in the polls during the last month. Indications were that Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was an OK conservative. What happened?
Virginia has been turning blue, and if you look at the results map over at Huffington Post you’ll see Cuccinelli had wide-spread support across the commonwealth . Lots of red and pink, except for the cities and near Washington, D.C. From Big Government.
A campaign strategist for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said that the national GOP abandoned the campaign in its final days.
At the end of the race, Cuccinelli was closing in on Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who eked out a two-point victory on Tuesday despite exit polls that showed McAuliffe was up by seven points.
According to the Washington Post, Chris La Civita said that financial support from national Republican sources dried up on October 1.
Lessons to learn (again)…
- If you’re a local or state conservative associated in any way with the TEA Party, don’t expect support from the national party to be consistent. They have their own agenda, and you’re disposable.
- Third party candidates – in this case Libertarian Robert Sarvis – can screw things up for everyone. I’m thinking Sarvis is qualified and would have made a good governor, but by capturing 6.6 percent of the vote he took enough votes away from Cuccinelli to possibly make a difference.
- Virginia GOP backstories indicate many conservatives were not happy about how Cuccinelli got the nomination. As such many tossed support to Sarvis – who had zero chance of winning – or just didn’t go vote. You have to vote the ballot, not look in the past and be pissed off on election day.
So now Virginia will experience the most left-wing extremist governor in its history. Congrats.
Note – McAuliffe outspent Cuccinelli by a three to one margin during the campaign.