Thursday, June 11, 2009

Insiders in McAuliffe Camp Hinted At "Major Endorsement" Same Day as WashPost Endorsed Deeds

After a crazy primary season, we finally ended up with a winner Tuesday night, with Deeds crushing Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, even in their own hometowns and precincts. The Washington Post endorsement of Deeds on May 22nd catapulted him above McAuliffe and Moran in the polls, far above any margin of error.

Insiders on the McAuliffe campaign say that emails and conference calls throughout May hinted at a "major endorsement" coming soon for the campaign. And they spoke very highly every day about a major endorsement that would put them over the top up until the day of the Washington Post endorsement, May 22nd, with the last round of hinting. After the endorsement was released by the Washington Post as an online story before the print edition went into circulation, all talk was hushed from the top down about any major endorsement.

The McAuliffe campaign was counting on the Washington Post endorsement since, as we all watched, it would probably put someone above the rest in the polls. Internal polling throughout May leading up to the WashPo endorsement in the McAuliffe camp showed his numbers dropping while Deeds and Moran both rose, Deeds with a slightly higher clip. This was also proven in public polls before the endorsement.



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