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Monday, August 12, 2013

Do You Need Another Reason to Support Cuccinelli?

Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt led off with "Why the Cuccinelli vs. McAuliffe Race Matters to You, Even If You Don't Live in Virginia."  You can also find the piece here on NRO's Campaign Spot.  The basic thrust is, if you believe that the GOP need only nominate a true conservative candidate instead of a "squish," to win, the Virginia campaign for Governor is your opportunity to prove it.
If Ken Cuccinelli – Mr. Conservative Record – loses against a flawed competitor like Terry McAuliffe, in a purple state like Virginia . . . and simultaneously, Governor Hug-Obama-After-a-Hurricane-and-Move-Left wins in a landslide up in New Jersey . . . the message to the rest of the Republican party will be pretty clear. What you fervently believe – conservatives win, moderate squishes lose – will be refuted in the eyes of many Republicans.
But it seems that conservatives are not engaged yet if you use Cuccinelli's fundraising as the baseline. Geraghty points to this Bloomberg News article for the numbers:
Cuccinelli, 44, had $2.7 million in cash as of the end of June, compared with $6 million for McAuliffe, 56, the former national Democratic Party chairman and fundraiser. While McAuliffe had been expected to out-raise Cuccinelli, the Republican is lagging behind where McDonnell was at this point in his 2009 race, when he had $4.9 million in cash on hand. 
It's true that Erick Erickson of Red State cranked up his fundraising efforts last week but much more it needed.  While money does not necessarily win campaigns, it's not helpful to be out gunned two to one in fundraising.  So, if you don't want to see this in Virginia after 2013:

Please give a little time to the Cuccinelli effort beginning today. And if you can afford it, give a little money too.

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