Voters Not Excited About Picks for Governor
Lynchburg, VA - Historically, off-year elections like this year's do not bring a ton of people to the polls. The numbers might be even lower because many voters just don't seem to be very excited about the choices for governor.
It's hard to fall in love with Ken Cuccinelli or Terry McAuliffe when so much hate is spewed in political ads.
Sweet Briar College Government professor Steve Bragaw says to brace yourself for even more.
"It's enough to make your eyes and ears you know, want to bleed,"
Instead of knocking on doors, planting yard sign gardens, and plastering bumpers with stickers, you'll see more ads. Bragaw says they're doing more harm than good.
"Are they doing anything practical in terms of convincing voters to vote positively for someone? No. At this point they're all about, 'don't vote for the other guy,'" Bragaw said.
Bragaw says the only place the ads will push undecided voters on Election Day, is back on the couch. Since neither party's voting base is enamored with their guy, they're not getting out the vote either.
Other races are hurting, too.
"The Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General get carried along in the momentum. It's really a whole team, right. But it's really about who's running for governor," Bragaw said.
Right now, McAuliffe has what some consider a surprising lead over Cuccinelli in the polls.
"He doesn't give a good speech, he doesn't handle the crowd very well. Why is he out front?" Bragaw said.
According to Bragaw, however, a Cuccinelli comeback isn't very likely.
"Anything's possible. I mean, Terry McAuliffe could get indicted for something, a zombie outbreak could happen, aliens could land," Bragaw said.
Bragaw says another reason voters aren't excited about the picks for governor: they're too far from center. He says historically Virginia voters have liked more moderate candidates, and Cuccinelli and McAuliffe are making voters either jump on partisan bandwagons, or skip the ride altogether.