"In May, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli were roughly tied in a Washington Post poll. Since then, McAuliffe has pulled ahead, thanks in large part to the growing support of women.
But the fact that women feel strongly about issues that separate McAuliffe and Cuccinelli, such as abortion and access to contraception, does not guarantee they will vote. To win, McAuliffe must draw women to the polls — especially younger women whose enthusiasm and sense of urgency in this race are sharply lower, according to polling results and brief interviews with more than 100 women living in Arlington’s youngest and most urban neighborhoods.
Many of the women interviewed were so adamant in their disengagement that they declined to give their names." Washpost
SWMBO and I observed McAuliffe and his family at an adjoining table at The Palm restaurant on 19th St. in Washington. That was a couple of years ago. He has several children. Just from watching him I would say he is probably a good and devoted father.
We are suffering in this gubernatorial election from an absence of candidates that people want. Douglas Wilder, a former Democratic governor of no great accomplishment, recently endorsed McAullife with visible reluctance. That is how most voters seem to feel about the choice to be made in a few weeks.
Cuccinelli is a right wing ideologue who has been the commonwealth's attorney general for the last four years. He has not seemed to consider the evident truth that most Virginia voters are centrists who incline slightly right or left. The positions he has taken and the actions he has pursued while AG are not pleasing to most.
On the other hand, McAullife is a scheming political and business hustler reminiscent of the "people" seen on the TV program "Shark Tank." I spent ten years in the business world after I left government and hated every minute of it. "Screw anyone for a buck" is the norm and basic rule for success in that world. I kept trying to preach the dogma of seeking to achieve win-win deals but nobody was buying this. I did rather well but am not proud of it.
McAuliffe has run for state wide office twice before and lost. This time he will probably win simply because the Republicans apparently could not field an acceptable candidate. IMO McAuliffe will probably be a horrible experience as governor. He has no interest whatever in Virginia except as a "trampoline" to propel him toward national elected office. As an aspirant for leadership in the Left dominated national Democratic Party he will make statements and attempt actions in Virginia that will be extremely unpopular and likely to fail in the legislative process in Richmond. Gun control, abortion, election procedures; the list will be long. He will be on television often while noisily seeking national stature. He will "hang" often with Bill and Hill. They are still widely disliked in Virginia. He will travel a lot, grandstanding across the country and the world instead of staying home to run the commonwealth's government. Thank God that the governor of Virginia can not succeed himself. The Byrds and Billy Mahone taught us the the danger of seemingly endless posession of power by one man.
The author of this WP piece correctly notes the residence in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria of many thousands of people who mostly work in Washington and have little or no interest in local affairs in Virginia or these communities. They just live here. Lower crime rates and taxes on this side of the river may explain their presence. A great many of these folks are single women who live in the everproliferating town house and apartment buildings in sections like Parker-Grey and Potomac Yard in Alexandria. For some reason a lot of them own large dogs. If polled they are apt to give a reflexive Democratic response. This is especially true when they have been constantly exposed to the unending barrage of McAulliffe TV ads that portray Cuccinelli not as an opponent but rather as an evil troll. McAulliffe is a rich man with many dubious business ventures in his past. He is one of the best political fund raisers in the country. He has lots of money with whch to buy TV ads. The Post article correctly raises the question of whether or not all those single women living in flats with big black dogs will turn out to vote in this election.
I think McAulliffe will win but I will not vote for him. pl