McDonnell takes commanding early lead in the horserace

Rasmussen Reports is polling that Bob McDonnell has double-digit leads over all potential Democratic opponents, despite the Democratic Governor’s Association and others launching negative attacks on the Republican.

According to Rasmussen, McDonnell leads Creigh Deeds by 15, Brian Moran by 10, and Terry McAuliffe by 12. Additionally, each Democratic candidate has higher unfavorables than favorables, while McDonnell polls at an impressive 58% favorable to 16% unfavorable.

“It is very early, and this is just one poll,” wrote Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman, in a statement. “However, this poll shows significant movement, and it comes on the heels of two notable occurrences since the last Rasmussen poll in February. The first was Bob McDonnell’s positive campaign kickoff tour in which he directly addressed the major issues facing Virginians: the need for new jobs and more opportunities in every region of the Commonwealth. The second occurrence of note has been the onslaught of negative, personal attacks by multiple liberal groups against our campaign. It is clear Bob’s positive vision and message is resonating with Virginia voters.”

Clearly this is a positive indication for the McDonnell campaign…the question now goes to the Democrats — will they keep going ugly early or turn this into a campaign of ideas?

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