Skip to comments.Virginia Governor's Race Still Taking Shape (Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic)
Posted on 12/04/2012 5:46:51 PM PST by SeekAndFind
If Virginias political history is any indication, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reason to be optimistic about winning election as governor in November.
Virginia is one of only two states that choose their governors in the year following a presidential election. And in the Old Dominions nine contests since 1977, the nominee from the party that lost the presidency the previous year has always won.
A favorite among his partys base, Cuccinelli may be well-positioned to become the latest Virginia Republican to benefit from disproportionately high turnout among the conservative rank-and-file in a non-presidential election.
Four years ago, Bob McDonnell defeated his Democratic opponent by a hefty 17-point margin during President Obamas turbulent first year in office. (Virginia law bars governors from serving consecutive terms, and so McDonnell -- like other incumbents before him -- cannot seek immediate re-election.)
Cuccinellis expected path to the Republican nomination was cleared last week when Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced that he would not run for the commonwealths highest office, citing his partys decision to hold a nominating convention, rather than a contested statewide primary, to determine its standard-bearer.
In making the announcement, Bolling acknowledged that he faced long odds trying to defeat Cuccinelli in a convention dominated by a relatively small group of right-leaning activists.
Bolling added pointedly that he was surprised and disappointed by Cuccinellis decision to challenge him for the nomination and declined to rule out an independent or third-party challenge.
According to Virginia political analyst Jennifer Thompson, the potential that Bolling could launch a serious outside bid remains very real, though it will require significant financial support from both inside and outside the state.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Then, there's Eric Cantor ~ he's not running for anything but he'll probably stick his nose into the Governor's race, or maybe try to stick the party with one of his cronies down ticket.
He must be stopped now. He's just another loser Mittbot at the moment ~
Eric Cantor previously endorsed Bolling for Governor.... bad move that buys him NOTHING... IMHO
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