Election 2014: Virginia’s ‘mud-wrestling match’ for governor

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative political scientist and election analyst is concerned that a recent poll in the Virginia gubernatorial race shows Republican Ken Cuccinelli trailing his Democratic opponent.

The Washington Post poll showed the Virginia attorney general trailing former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe by four points. While a RealClearPolitics compilation of polls shows Cuccinelli down by just 1.3 points, the fact that the pro-life, pro-business conservative is trailing the liberal Democrat has some conservative political pundits concerned.

Dr. Charles W. Dunn spent many years as a professor of government at Virginia-based Regent University. He says McAuliffe has turned the race into a mud-wrestling match.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)"Yes, Cuccinelli is in trouble – but he’s not in as much trouble as some people think,” the former educator tells OneNewsNow. “The race is being run on two fronts: one is negative, the other is positive. But the bigger fight is over who wins the mud-wrestling match because both have high negatives."

And Cuccinelli has another problem, according to Dunn: the Virginia GOP has been unable to fully get behind his campaign because of the scandal surrounding Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.

"McDonnell, of course, has an excellent record as governor, but he's had this challenge ethically with regard to gifts that he has received,” he explains. “And he's tried to extricate himself from that by returning all of the gifts and making a formal apology."

Dunn believes if Cuccinelli didn't have to deal the problems that have forced him into a mud-wrestling match, he would have no trouble winning. Currently he trails in most polls.

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