Well, the commentary is in and it doesn’t look good for Patrick Murray. Many have been questioning the reasoning for bringing Ken Cuccinelli to the 8th District, especially after looking at these numbers-
Last Reported: Nov 6 2009 3:37PM EST
|Ken T. Cuccinelli II||61,722||36.38%||Precincts Reporting:
156 of 156 (100%)
169,620 of 401,931 active voters (42.20%)
169,620 of 442,719 total voters (38.31%)
|Votes by County/City in this district|
|Stephen C. Shannon||107,683||63.48%|
While it should be noted that Bob McDonnell also lost the 8th Congressional District, he did slightly better (38.70% – which also may be classic drop off behavior, so bear with me)
Now, one might think that Cuccinelli would be good for Patrick. He could excite a bored Republican base, bring people back to Murray. However, that didn’t happen on Monday night. The popular website ARLnow, broke the story, and man, you need to see some of the comments that people are leaving:
looks like Murray has come to terms with reality and given up any chance of winning if he thinks teaming up with Cuccinelli will win him votes in alexandria/arlington/falls church. The cooch is a nutcase.
And that was just one comment! (and one of the more nicer ones, too.)
Here’s what the Post said,
The controversial and conservative attorney general could be considered an odd choice for a Republican candidate running against a 10-term incumbent in what is widely considered Virginia’s most liberal district.
Also, apparently the amount of people in attendance was in question. This is from the same Washington Post article,
Murray spokesman Michael Lane said 150 people have said they will attend the reception, which will be held at a private home in Alexandria and is expected to raise about $15,000 for Murray’s campaign.
Yet I found this comment on the Arlnow blog,
Did aliens abduct half of the 150 attendees promised by the Murray campaign spokesman?http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/07/virginia_attorney_general_ken_2.html
In addition to all of these negative reviews, a new anti-Patrick Murray blog was launched. The url is: http://notpatrickmurray.blogspot.com/ The blog’s author has already left a few negative comments on Arl now about the Murray campaign.
With less than 100 days until the election, its very obvious that many Republican activists still just aren’t that excited about Patrick Murray. In order for him to do well (or break 40%) he absolutely NEEDS those voters. It’s sad that Mike Lane is alienating the Republican electorate in the 8th.
If I wind up interviewing Patrick Murray again, I’ll ask him what he thinks about this. But more importantly, what do you think? Vote in Red NoVA’s new poll – Will you be supporting Patrick Murray this Fall?