- Jan 2010
[h=2]Democrats Need a Win in West Virginia[/h]West Virginia voters choose their governor today in a special election. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) once led challenger Bill Maloney (R) by 33 points but the latest poll shows the race is now a toss up.
First Read: "An upset would provide further evidence that Obama is toxic in red states -- a stark reversal from 2008, by the way -- and you'll see Democrats start running for the hills, which could produce a self-fulfilling outcome 13 months from now. In September, you could dismiss the GOP's congressional victory in New York (because of Anthony Weiner's problems, because of the Democratic candidate's poor campaign, and because of the district's unusual concentration of Orthodox Jewish voters). But it will be hard for Democrats to spin away losing this race. Keep in mind: The Democrat in this race has the support of labor AND the Chamber of Commerce. There's only ONE explanation for a loss. No one needs a win worse in West Virginia tonight than Team Obama."
Jennifer Duffy: "A close call tells us what we already know; the President isn't popular and can hurt Democrats, even when he's not on the ballot... A Maloney win, though, would be seismic, and perhaps more so than NY-09 because even using the Obama message late was enough to pull Maloney across the line."
Polls close tonight at 7:30 pm ET.
Democrats Need a Win in West Virginia
From a 33-pt lead to a toss-up .... geez