October 5th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
5 years ago

DNC to spend another $1 million in Virginia

The competitive gubernatorial race in Virginia is set to be showered with $1 million cash from the DNC.
The competitive gubernatorial race in Virginia is set to be showered with $1 million cash from the DNC.

(CNN) – The competitive gubernatorial race in Virginia is set to be showered with $1 million cash at the behest of Democratic National Committee Chairman and current Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, CNN has confirmed.

The DNC, which for months has heavily focused on this off year gubernatorial race as well as that in New Jersey, has already pumped $5 million into the contest that appears to be getting tighter as Election Day looms.

A Democratic loss in either the Virginia race or that in New Jersey, where Republican challenger Chris Christie appears to have a slight edge over incumbent Jon Corzine, is likely to be seen as a referendum on President Barack Obama's polices a year after he was elected. A victory in either state could also give the GOP instant momentum heading into the 2010 midterm election season.

Republicans have equally showered the Commonwealth with campaign cash over the last several months, sending nearly $7 million to GOP candidate Bob McDonnell's bid in part to fend off attacks over his 20 year-old masters thesis that partially criticized working women.

McDonnell was also the beneficiary of a $350,000 cash haul last Monday thanks to a pair of fundraisers headlined by GOP stars Newt Gingrich and Bobby Jindal.

The DNC is also set to dispatch staffers across the state to beef-up grass roots and turn out efforts the party utilized so effectively in the state on Election Day last year. Turnout is expected to be considerably less than last year, when Obama was on the ballot, a fact that could favor McDonnell's effort.

A recent Washington Post poll suggests McDonnell maintains a 4 point edge of Deeds, 51 to 57 percent. That poll was conducted September 15-17 and carries a sampling error of plus or mine 3 three percentage points.


Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Tim Kaine
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Terry from West Texas

    It is just as important to crush Conservatism at the local level as the national. Conservative leaders in state legislatures and governor's mansions are just as dedicated to destroying the middle class as they are at the national level. And, local leaders do everything possible to gerrymander districts so as to improve the chances of their particular party – Republican or Democrat. Here in west Texas, my congressional district was drawn by Tom Delay to maximize Republican representation in Congress. That needs to be undone.

    Don't vote for party, vote for philosophy. A conservative Democrat is just as destructive as a conservative Republican. Vote for the more Liberal choice whenever you can. Personality doesn't matter much. Leadership doesn't matter much. The "character" of the candidate (meaning, how sincerely he lies) doesn't matter much. Vote for the middle class every time or we're all going to end up working for Chinese corporations.

    October 5, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Enough

    All the money the DNC wastes. You would think they could put that to better use helping people, instead of their constant tax and spend with their fingers in the pockets of the 53% that actually pay income tax.

    October 5, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    I guess this is the domestic equivalent of bringing the Olympics to Chicago for the DNC, hope it has equally disasterous and disappointing results.

    October 5, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. jay

    That poll means nothing-because blacks and seniors are seldom polled. So DNC get the senoirs and blacks to the ballot box-we can win!

    October 5, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Mark from Louisiana

    I wonder if the dems in Virginia have found someone to replace Acorn's job of fraudulent voter registration and having dead people vote?

    October 5, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. We Won Get Over It

    Any person from Virginia that looks at the mess bush and the republicans made in congress and vote for McDonnell deserve the absolute MESS THEY GET....With two Democratic governors the state has been brought back from chaos the republicans created. Why in Hades would they want to go back to that.....I just can not believe real Virginians would want McDonnell.

    But of course when you have the 24/7 republican informerical machine Fox News spewing constant lies some of the trash seeps into the air heads.

    October 5, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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