September 12, 2005

WHY WOULD ANY MIDDLE CLASS STRAIGHT WHITE MALE VOTE DEMOCRATIC?

Poll Shows Kilgore Ahead of Kaine in Va. (Michael D. Shear and Claudia Deane, September 11, 2005, Washington Post)

Republican Jerry W. Kilgore is leading in the Virginia governor's race despite efforts by Democrat Timothy M. Kaine to tap widespread satisfaction with Gov. Mark R. Warner's performance, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Among all registered voters, Kilgore is ahead by 4 percentage points as the campaign enters its final two months. His lead widens to 7 percentage points among those most likely to vote.

Kilgore, a former attorney general, has cast himself as the perfect fit for a traditionally conservative state. The poll of registered voters shows he would receive 45 percent of the vote if the election were today.

Kaine, the state's lieutenant governor and a former mayor of Richmond, claims to be the natural heir to Warner's legacy as a centrist Democrat. But even though an impressive 76 percent of voters approve of the job Warner is doing, just 41 percent said they would vote for Kaine if the election were today.

Independent candidate H. Russell Potts Jr., a Republican state senator from Winchester, gets 5 percent, the poll shows. [...]

Kilgore's strength is evident across Southwest, Southside and the Shenandoah Valley, and he has battled Kaine to a tie in Northern Virginia and the rest of the state. Kilgore also has a significant lead among men, among whites and among middle-class voters who make between $50,000 and $75,000 a year.


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

WHY WOULD ANY MIDDLE CLASS STRAIGHT WHITE MALE VOTE DEMOCRATIC?

To alone for your sins of course.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 12, 2005 11:36 AM

Mr. Judd;

How do you explain New Jersey, then, as noted in the next post?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 12, 2005 11:39 AM

WHY WOULD ANY MIDDLE CLASS STRAIGHT WHITE MALE VOTE DEMOCRATIC?

White guilt and the wonders of socialism pounded into you from kindergarten through college graduation.

Posted by: Patrick H at September 12, 2005 12:12 PM

AOG:

Blacks.

Posted by: oj at September 12, 2005 12:34 PM

Based on the New Jersey Senate race analysis by the media, I guess this poll shows the people of Virginia are happy with the ongoing hurricane rescue and relief efforts. And if Bloomberg wins the NYC mayoral race, that will prove the American public is not going to blame Bush for the post-Katrina problems in New Orleans.

Posted by: John at September 12, 2005 3:38 PM

If Potter were not in the race, Kilgore would have a lead of 10+ points. Seems to make sense, considering that VA's tax large increase (the Mark Warner tax increase) proved to be uneccessary in correcting the state's financial balance.

NJ is almost sui generis. It seems the state's mission is to elect the most arrogant, slippery, and amoral characters around (Florio, McGreevy, and now Corzine).

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 12, 2005 4:04 PM

WHY WOULD ANY MIDDLE CLASS STRAIGHT WHITE MALE VOTE DEMOCRATIC?

White guilt probably elected Doug Wilder governor in 1989.

Posted by: George B at September 12, 2005 5:01 PM

That would be atone for your sins.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 12, 2005 7:03 PM

erp,
That would be to atone for an ancestors sins.

Posted by: Patrick H at September 13, 2005 12:19 AM
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