The Washington Post explains why all those Democrats are on Creigh Deeds’s case:
Republican Robert F. McDonnell has taken a commanding lead over R. Creigh Deeds in the race for governor of Virginia, as momentum the Democrat had built with an attack on his opponent’s conservative social views has dissipated, according to a new Washington Post poll.
McDonnell is up 53 to 44 percent among likely voters, an increase in the same poll of 5 points since last month. The Post, with no hint of irony, explains:
Deeds’s advantage with female voters has all but disappeared and McDonnell has grown his already wide margin among independents. Deeds, a state senator from western Virginia, is widely seen by voters as running a negative campaign, a finding that might indicate his aggressive efforts to exploit McDonnell’s 20-year-old graduate thesis are turning voters away.
Gosh, the best-laid plans of the Post have gone astray. While the Post and Deeds were hung up on a 20-year-old thesis, McDonnell was making headway on issues and now leads by double digits on “every major issue facing Virginians.” There are nearly four weeks to go before the election, but it seems the Democrats were right to be worried about Deeds.