When a former Eric Cantor adviser endorses Dem Terry McAuliffe for Va governor, state Attorney General and conservative gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has to know he's in big trouble.
Now Politico is reporting that Republican insiders admit that the Cooch would lose if the election were held today. Not if he'd lose, but by how much:
Republicans can’t believe this is happening: Democrat Terry McAuliffe — whose controversial business dealings and past life as a party moneyman make him a walking negative ad — has taken command of the Virginia governor’s race. [...]
“It’s going to be a bath,” one prominent state Republican who wants Cuccinelli to win went so far as to say. Like several others, the person sought anonymity to speak candidly about the state of the race.
Politico lists a few reasons why this is happening. We've suggested a few of our own, like Cooch wanting to outlaw abortion, even for women who have been raped. And Oops! he failed to disclose gift vacations. And he wants sodomy outlawed. He’s also a birther (which he denied), a homophobe, and a climate change denier.
Meanwhile, in West Virginia, there's a glimmer of hope for Democrats, per Sabato's Crystal Ball:
West Virginia and national Democrats finally have a candidate in the Mountain State’s open Senate race: Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) will reportedly enter the contest Tuesday morning. Her entry, which has been rumored for months, gives Democrats a credible opponent for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R, WV-2), the likely Republican nominee. We are changing the rating in this race from Likely Republican to LEANS REPUBLICAN. With a successful statewide elected official now running, Democrats have kept the race on the competitive board, but it would still be a significant surprise if Republicans fumbled away one of their best pickup opportunities in the country. [...]
Tennant has the potential to become something of a national figure among Democrats, along the lines of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is running against McConnell, although the prospect of defeating Capito isn’t going to fire up Democratic donors the way the possibility of beating McConnell does.