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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:30 AM

Bolling to drop bid for Virginia governorship



Bolling to drop bid for Virginia governorship

Washington (CNN) – Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will drop his bid for the Virginia governorship, CNN has confirmed, a move that clears a path to the Republican nomination for his primary opponent Ken Cuccinelli.

Bolling's decision sets the table for a titanic 2013 clash between Cuccinelli, the state's Attorney General and a fierce social conservative with a national grassroots following, and likely Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, the irrepressible former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Bolling, first elected to his post in 2005, was backed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and served as Mitt Romney’s campaign chairman in the commonwealth during the Republican’s failed presidential bid.

But even with that blue-chip political resume, Bolling faced long odds against Cuccinelli, especially after state GOP officials decided earlier this year to hold a nominating convention instead of a statewide primary - a process thought to favor Cuccinelli, the candidate with a closer connection to the party’s conservative, tea-party friendly base.

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The decision is a blow to Democrats who had hoped a primary battle between Bolling Cuccinelli would sap each candidate’s resources and expose yet another rift between the GOP’s establishment and insurgent factions.

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Full article here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/28/bolling-to-drop-bid-for-virginia-governorship/



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Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
elleng Nov 2012 #1
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #6
elleng Nov 2012 #8
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #15
elleng Nov 2012 #16
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #18
elleng Nov 2012 #19
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #21
elleng Nov 2012 #22
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #2
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #3
gravity Nov 2012 #4
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #5
Cha Nov 2012 #20
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #7
RandySF Nov 2012 #9
DFW Nov 2012 #10
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #11
davidpdx Nov 2012 #12
Arkana Nov 2012 #13
WI_DEM Nov 2012 #14
mgcgulfcoast Nov 2012 #17

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:32 AM

1. Damn, who the f... wants mcauliffe.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:56 AM

6. If the choice is between him

and Cuccinelli, I'll take McAuliffe any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:03 AM

8. ohheckyeah, but Dems MUST be able to do better,

dontchathink?

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:52 PM

15. Warner was thinking about running again

but decided against it. Who would you suggest?

I have no problem with McAullife.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:02 PM

16. Dunno, not in Virginia.

I see McAuliffe as a political opportunist with no management experience.

Warner as SENATOR Warner?

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Response to elleng (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:50 PM

18. Yep and ex-governor of Virginia.

He seriously considered running again and backed out.

McAuliffe has as good a chance as anybody I think. Lots of people are sick of the right wing agenda of the present governor and attorney general.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:08 PM

19. People SHOULD be sick of that crap.

What about Webb?
Glad Warner re-thought, as we need every D in Senate + House we can get.

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Response to elleng (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:31 PM

21. I think Webb decided that government

wasn't for him. He said he wanted to work in the private sector.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:43 PM

22. Can't blame him for that!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:38 AM

2. Cucinelli is nuts

I am not so sure this is such a blow to the Democrats. We are better off running against Cucinelli, IMO. But VA was crazy enough to elect him as AG in 2009, so I could be wrong.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:44 AM

3. Like the article said...


Cuccinelli would had to have spent some of his money running against Bolling - and they would have been fighting each (radio, TV, mailers, etc.)

Now the Democrat has to go up against Cuccinelli without him having spent time, energy, and money in a republican primary.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:59 AM

4. Money won't save Cuccinelli

In 2009, he campaigned as a moderate, but is now exposed as a Tea Party radical.

This should be the Democrats election to lose.

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Response to gravity (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:32 AM

5. I agree, the Cooch is going down!

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:16 PM

20. That was of course, 2009. And, Cucinelli has a record now. No,

more slithery "mr moderate" proclaimations.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:57 AM

7. If Terry McAuliffe runs

hopefully Bill Clinton will do some campaigning for him. That couldn't hurt.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:31 AM

9. I think we just picked up the VA governorship.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:57 AM

10. We do not get this for free, especially if we run McAuliffe

He has not been a dynamic politician in the past, and Cuccinelli would have the current administration's machine pulling for him. Something many will overlook: Cuccinelli will also have a huge ally in Manassas-based Richard Viguerie, whose fund-raising skills and right-wing enthusiasm are formidable adversaries. Richard LOVES Cuccinelli, too. He'll go to bat for him like no one since Reagan, and Richard practically put Reagan over the top with his (then-) revolutionary direct-mail fundraising tactics. This would have been a tough battle even if we had run Mark Warner again. Cuccinelli will be no pushover. We will need the whole coalition of voters that put Obama over the top in 2008 and 2012, and that is never easy to muster in a non-presidential year.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:25 AM

11. When McAuliffe led the party to nothing but defeat after defeat as DNC chair

(with the sole exception of Clinton's basically meaningless personal victory in 1996) why would anyone think it was a good idea to actually nominate the guy for an elected office himself?

Couldn't the Dems find anybody in VA who's actually capable of winning?

Obviously I'd work for him if he was nominated and I lived there...but it's hard to see any case at all for letting him win the damn primary.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:20 AM

12. Cuccinelli was one of the first to sue to overturn the healthcare law

I hope he gets beaten badly.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:51 AM

13. Well, that clears the way for Cooch then.

Please, VA Dems--you NEED to find a better candidate than Terry fucking McAuliffe.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:19 AM

14. Exactly why do Dems want McAuliffe? he hasn't proven he can win

in an election. Why not try and get Jim Webb? I don't see us winning with Terry, sorry.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:17 PM

17. its an uphill battle anyway

in virginia they have a habit of voting for the party opposite the sitting president in gov races.

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