No, Ken simply didn't realize he was facing someone who was backed to the hilt by the Dem version of a Mafia family. Ken tried to run a conventional, issues-oriented race and is losing.
Until Republicans realize that Dems are what the Japanese were in the 1940s and treat them as such, they're going to keep losing elections.
That is what I meant be an “above board” race. Ken has run the race with the same discipline as McDonnell the difference is exactly as you point out. The Democrats will say and do anything and they have the ability to leverage money resources which I wouldn’t be surprised to find are illegal. All is not lost yet. Terry is Terry and the problem he faces is his own voters don’t like him and the black vote isn’t coming out for him. Its the women’s vote I worry about the most.