In the Virginia Gubernatorial election on Tuesday, the Republican, Ken Cuccinelli, lost to the Democrat, Clinton bagman Terry McAuliffe, in a race that was much tighter than predicted. Cuccinelli lost the state-wide office by only 50,000 votes. An interesting fact about the campaign:
“The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press.”
It is not unreasonable to believe that even a modest level of financial support would have pushed Cuccinelli over the top (and dealt a stinging blow to McAuliffe’s supporter, Hillary Clinton). More here:
“The Republican National Committee spent three times as much in 2009 on the same race as they did this year.
The Chamber of Commerce spent one million dollars in the last Governor’s race, and not one dime on Cuccinelli.
While it’s often claimed that Tea Party candidates do poorly among independents, Cuccinelli actually won independents by 9 points, 47 percent to 38 percent.
‘McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million,’ and in the last weeks of the campaign, this left Cuccinelli with nearly no media exposure.
Even Politico wonders if Cuccinelli was beginning to turn the tide against the ‘War on Women’ narrative, as he drove down McAuliffe’s lead among women from 24% in polling to 9%.”
On the air, Mark Levin has accused the Republican establishment of wanting Tea Party candidates to lose because they perceive them to be a threat to the party’s internal status quo. Did RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, intentionally torpedo Cuccinelli because he thought he was Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell?
Either way, Reince Priebus has a lot to answer for.
And if his answer isn’t satisfactory, he should be fired.