Primary Observations

First, a word of apology — the craziness of election night, followed by a busy day Wednesday left little time for updating this space.

But after some time to reflect, I’ve pulled together a few observations about this week’s Democratic primary.

1) Money doesn’t always buy you love. Although it’s true that having lots of money usually helps candidates — in any election — do well, this race proves that isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. That said, Creigh Deeds did raise millions of dollars. And he’ll have to do it all over again if he wants to beat Bob McDonnell in November.

2) It all happened so fast. Everyone — including the campaigns — was surprised at how quickly the race was over. Deeds’ victory was so decisive, it caught a lot of folks off guard.

3) We haven’t seen the end of Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. I doubt you’ll see McAuliffe running another state-wide race in Virginia, but he’ll be involved with some national political campaign sooner rather than later. And expect Moran to run for office again. The question is what office. Does Moran wait until his older brother, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, decides not to run for Congress again? Or does he try to run for some state-wide office at some point sooner?

4) What happens if Deeds wins in November? Deeds would obviously have to resign his state Senate seat, clearing the way for a special election. It would be hard to imagine Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle) and Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) passing up that opportunity. And if either Bell or Toscano won, it would force another special election to fill the vacant House seat. Oh the possibilities…

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