Analyst: It's Seventh Inning of Governor's Campaign

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

A political analyst says it is the seventh inning of the campaign for governor.

With less than two months until Election Day, both campaigns are working hard to earn your vote. But Bridgewater College professor and political analyst Dr. Steve Longenecker says they are running out of time.

"It's the top of the seventh," Longenecker said. "McAuliffe has a pretty big lead. But this is a low turnout year. So maybe he should worry a little bit anyway."

It may be the seventh inning, but there will not be any time to stretch.

A campaign spokesman for Terry McAuliffe said the next month and a half will be about continuing to push education and transportation.

"That's really Terry's focus, is talking to folks about the issues that matter to their lives, and how he'll strengthen the economy," said Josh Schwerin with the McAuliffe for Governor campaign.

Meanwhile, Ken Cuccinelli's campaign is relying on what they call a solid ground game.

"Campaigns are won and lost on the ground," said Garren Shipley, with the Republican Party of Virginia. "And that's one reason we feel like we're in really good shape right now."

Longenecker said McAuliffe's campaign is not great, but it seems to be good enough to win this year, thanks in part to ethics questions that continue to dog Cuccinelli.

The latest Real Clear Politics poll average has McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by seven percentage points.

Longenecker said the Cuccinelli campaign is running out of time to close the gap.

"They need to find some way to change the dialogue, to change the landscape," he said. "To continue the baseball analogy, they need to come up with a new pitch, and they need it pretty soon."

On the other side of that, Longenecker said for McAuliffe to keep the lead he will need to avoid mistakes.

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