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Creigh Deeds wins the Democratic Primary

June 11, 2009

WSLS 10 is reporting that Deeds beat Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran for the Democratic nomination. Here’s their quote from AP:

Deeds was the only Democrat in the race not from the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Primary rivals criticized him for legislative votes supporting Virginia’s broad, pro-gun laws, actions popular in rural areas that don’t play well in cities and affluent suburbs.

What does that tell you about which sort of Democrat Virginans voted for? Terry McAuliffe practically had Bill Clinton as his running mate, and picked up only 26% of the vote. Brian Moran, who was leading Deeds in straw polls a year ago, tacked left to counter the entry of Terry McAuliffe. Says the Washington Post:

And he tacked to the left, emphasizing such issues as repealing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. He spent less time on the moderate, bread-and-butter issues such as fiscal conservatism and fixing the state’s clogged roads — issues that had been the hallmark of virtually every successful Democrat in Virginia this decade.

How did that work out? He finished 3rd, with 23.79% of the vote.

Just to summarize: The Clinton-backed career pol and the nice guy who tacked left finished behind the guy who ALREADY LOST to Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, back when they both ran for Lt. Governor.

So for all you folks promoting moderate Republicans remember that moving to the right has once again worked to win an election, this time for the Democrats.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ladyingray permalink
    June 24, 2009 1:59 am

    I live in Tennessee…and I can’t stand that both VA and NC went blue in 2008. I’m hoping for a much better 2010.

    • lightduty permalink*
      June 25, 2009 2:07 pm

      Agreed! Virginia, at least, tends to get Democrats that are Conservative on at least some issues. Mark Warner was fairly pro-business, and Tim Kaine won a lot of support from social conservatives. Jim Webb, who would’ve lost without the “macacca” story that the media blew out of proportion, represents himself as a pro-defense guy. Funny how Democrats win majorities by pretending to be like us, and we lose seats when we pretend to be like them.

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