With just over a week to go until Democrat primary voters go to the polls, Terry McAuliffe maintains his huge financial advantage. It seems that all the fundraising trips to San Francisco, Hollywood and Miami Beach have paid off for the New York native. According to the Washington Post:
McAuliffe's enormous financial edge -- he outspent Moran on television by more than 20 to 1 and Deeds by more than 2 to 1 through Wednesday -- has enabled him to mount a two-pronged assault, with money spent on advertising and on a sophisticated, staff-intensive effort designed to get his voters to the polls.
A few months ago Democrat Brian Moran, lagging in fundraising and slipping in the polls, warned his fellow Democrats that the New York native McAuliffe was trying to buy the Democrat nomination.
While I agree that money can give a candidate a leg up, it can’t guarantee victory. In fact, McAuliffe’s main asset may not be money, rather it may be that his Democrat opponents are so weak. Moran has raised 4.8 million and Deeds has raised 3.8 million, clearly enough to get their message out, but they have failed to inspire Democrat voters. It seems to me that neither Deeds or Moran are compelling candidates.
Therefore, with weak opponents, and with more money, McAuliffe wins by default. At least that is what I think. We shall see next week.
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