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Monday, June 8, 2009

Is Deeds Peaking at Right Moment?

If you believe recent polls, it would seem that Deeds is surging at just the right moment. According to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted June 6-7, Deeds has jumped out in front of the pack at 40 percent to McAuliffe's 26 percent and Moran's 24 percent. Many attribute his rise to the Washington Post endorsement earlier last week..

Now, polls are very unreliable in a primary. Undecideds tend to be large in number and unlike general elections, they don't generally break in the same direction. But, it would seem that Terry McAuliffe is seeing something in his internal polling to at least confirm that Deeds has moved from the back of the pack. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported today that McAuliffe zeroed in on Deeds past support for gun rights over the weekend.

Terry McAuliffe is training his guns on R. Creigh Deeds in the finale to tomorrow's Democratic gubernatorial primary, saying Deeds' pro-firearms stance makes him unelectable against Republican Bob McDonnell.

Deeds said his stances on guns are nothing new.

Primaries in Virginia are usually won by those who have the highest turnout of their base. But based on reports from the State Board of Elections, numbers compiled as of Thursday showed that voter requests for absentee ballots, which is usually an indicator of voter turnout on the primary day, were very low.

If you are planning to vote in tomorrow's primary, the below information provided in Sunday's edition of the Richmond Times Dispatch should be remembered:

DEEDS - Voted to override Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's veto of a bill to let people with concealed-weapons permits carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants.
McAULIFFE - Backed Kaine's veto of the bill.
MORAN - Backed Kaine's veto of the bill.

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