RICHMOND, Va. - An old thesis paper and the failure to get a key endorsementseem to be the big issues so far in Virginia race for governor.Over the next five weeks viewers will no doubt see politicalcommercials on television running with "scary" music.
Democrat Creigh Deeds continues to blast Republican BobMcDonnell for controversial writings in a 1989 thesis paper.Political Analyst Chuck Dunn thinks Deeds is overplaying it.
"You can only ride that horse so long. He's [Deeds] got it inhis commercials; that's the best thing he's got going for him,"Dunn told WAVY.com.
McDonnell's strategy is to acknowledge the thesis but to move onto what he thinks are the issues of the day.
Deeds also hits McDonnell for pushing a social agenda to carryout why he wrote in the thesis, including his alleged stance onlimiting the rights to woman.
McDonnell countered that claim with an ad of his own.
Political Analyst Dr. Carol Pretlow thinks the issue is losingsteam. "I do agree that was played to early voters... and[McDonnell] can rebound," she said.
Dr. Dunn thinks the bigger issue Deeds needs to be concernedabout is his failure to get an endorsement from Former DemocraticGovernor Doug Wilder, which could hurt him. The African Americancommunity is essential to Deeds success.
"Without Doug Wilder supporting him, quite frankly Creigh Deedsis a dead duck...at this point," Dunn said.
"I don't' agree with that," Pretlow said. She thinks AfricanAmericans voting by following the leader isn't true anymore. "Idon't buy all that. Voters are much more independent than they useto be."
However, both Dunn and Pretlow think it's advantage McDonnell.This is based on the candidates' packaging and how they appear, andhow they are appealing to the political base. They also rememberthe last time these two faced off and McDonnell won by 323 votes.Deeds is quick to point out that he is a finisher.
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