Political Analyst Reacts To First Debate

By: Anna-lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- After round one of the debate between candidates for governor Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, analysts now have a better understanding of what it will take for them to win the race.

Dr. Bob Roberts thinks the winner of the first debate is Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

He said for Cucinelli to beat McAuliffe, he will have to turn out the conservative vote. As for McAuliffe, he will have to get African Americans to vote for him, especially after the Trayvon Martin case that he thinks will increase political participation in African Americans.

"The issues that case has brought to bear is that you have to participate in all types of races and I think that McAuliffe will have to try to tap into that, because the African American vote is key to democrats winning," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a JMU Political Analyst.

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