Two new polls released this morning show Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell with a double-digit lead over his Democratic rival R. Creigh Deeds.
A Virginia Commonwealth University survey shows McDonnell with an 18-point margin over Deeds among likely voters, while a Rasmussen poll conducted yesterday after President Barack Obama's visit to Norfolk puts McDonnell up 13 points.
Rasmussen's telephone poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted Tuesday, shows McDonnell with 54 percent to Deeds' 41 percent with 4 percent undecided. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Rasmussen poll was taken after Barack Hussein Obama's campaign swing to the Commonwealth to campaign for "Dirty" Deeds. According to the survey, Obama's appearance with Deeds was a turn-off.
Tuesday's Rasmussen survey asked voters if Obama's visit to Virginia to campaign for Deeds makes them more or less likely to vote for Deeds. Obama made a brief appearance at Old Dominion University in an attempt to energize voters who helped him win the White House. Twenty-four percent said they were more likely to vote for Deeds because of the visit, while 39 percent said they were less likely, 36 percent said it would have no impact and 1 percent was not sure.
Woooooooh! So much for the "anonymous sources" in the Administration and DNC, who expect us to believe that if Deeds loses, it's because he wasn't a strong candidate. Clearly, a loss by Deeds will be a repudiation of the Obama Administration and the far-Left overreach of the Democrat Party.
In more election news, the local Fairfax Times has become the mini-me of the Washington ComPost in their bias for the Deeds Titanic, (excuse me), campaign. In a news story, they mourn Deeds' chances of victory while endorsing the Drugstore Cowboy for governor.
If firm handshakes and strong oratory determine Virginia's next governor, Republican Bob McDonnell will reside in Richmond for the next four years.
If a legislative record that's long on substance and achievement means anything, Democrat Creigh Deeds is the better choice for the governor's office.
...One example: For many Fairfax residents, few issues matter more than transportation. Although most candidates do everything they can to avoid using the dreaded "T" word, Deeds has been candid in saying Virginia must raise taxes to solve a transportation deficit that will likely surpass $100 billion by 2030.
Deeds said he will consider raising the state's gasoline tax, which, at its current rate of 17.5 cents per gallon, is among the lowest in the nation.
Politically expedient? Definitely not, as confirmed by the latest polls. Honest? Absolutely.
In other words, the Fairfax Slimes' editorial board loves the idea of higher taxes, even during a recession when people are still losing jobs. So, if people aren't working, or travelling less, where's the revenue going to come for the highway fund?
Yeah, the higher taxes stratergery may be honest, but it worked well for Walter Mondale and Mikey Dukakis, who are currently residing in the "Where Are They Now?" file of the political history books.