October 22, 2013 Evidence that the govt. shutdown may not hurt Republicans after all
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is winning in the Virginia Governor’s race-but polls show that McAuliffe’s lead began to widen in early September, long before the shutdown, and has held pretty much steady over the past few weeks.
One possible wrinkle: the Republicans nominated a rather weak candidate, Ken Cuccinelli (who tends to be a bit too far right for the state). if McAuliffe has coattails (that is, if the Democrats make large gains in the state legislature) it could be argued that the shutdown caused swing voters to vote straight Democratic instead of splitting their tickets.