Virginia: With Virginia’s election trending heavily toward Republican Bob McDonnell, Creigh Deeds has been running a new ad in the last week:
It continues a running theme for Deeds’ campaign: “Hey, look at the cool people who I hang out with!” Unfortunately for him, attaching himself to other, more popular politicians hasn’t worked yet and likely won’t work tomorrow:
(In the meantime, NotLarrySabato re-posted and updated an older post that made the case that Gov. Tim Kaine is the Democrats’ version of former GOP Gov. Jim Gilmore. It’s an interesting read on VA politics.)
New Jersey: Gov. Corzine is following the same strategy as Creigh Deeds by hitching his wagon to the Obama train. It’s certainly a better idea than bringing up a failed proposal to lease New Jersey’s most famous tourist destination, the Jersey Turnpike – a likely interview misstep which he has since backed off of. It’s a hollow strategy that may drag Corzine over the finish line, but speaks volumes for Democrats’ supposed intellectual edge in the battle of ideas. There are two other strategies to expect in a New Jersey race as well: voter fraud and litigation. Look for Corzine to either pull out a close victory at the polls or file as many lawsuits as it takes to be declared the winner.
New York 23: This has suddenly become a fashionable race drawing lots on national attention from both sides, so you can’t really call out Democrat Bill Owens for following the same playbook as Corzine and Deeds. In fact, the big story line in the idea that the third-party challenge is evidence of conflict within the Republican Party – but then again, what isn’t? The real story is that Dede Scozzafava’s defection has not resulted in a rush of support for Owens. With heavily motivated support and momentum, the smart money here is on Doug Hoffman.