Deeds lands Washington Post endorsement
Despite having two different candidates from their paper’s base of Northern Virginia to choose from, the Washington Post editorial board is encouraging its readers to vote for Creigh Deeds in the democratic primary for Governor. In the paper’s explanation of its decision, they went as far to call Deeds (who hails from rural Bath County) as the candidate who “has demonstrated an understanding of the problems that matter most, the commitment to solve them and the capacity to get things done.”
You can read the entire endorsement here.
The article hails Deeds’ efforts to find solutions to important Virginia problems such as transportation, and tempers his stance on social issues which may make NoVa liberal voters a bit squeamish. The endorsement is not wavering in its support, it emphatically and undeniably states its belief that Deeds is the candidate best apt to handle the job.
The question is, will it matter? There is no doubt that the endorsement of a newspaper, even a paper as important as the Washington Post, does not carry the same weight that it once did. However, a endorsement like this, particularly one that comes as a relative shock, could be enough to get the attention of uncommitted voters, still waiting to make up their mind.
Over the past several days a whole hosts of polls have emerged that seem to indicate that Terry McAuliffe is starting to break away from the pack. Deeds and Brian Moran for that matter, needed a diversion to change the conversation.
Northern Virginia is just one of several pivitol battlegrounds set for primary day, but in a region he is not expected to do well in, Creigh Deeds just picked up an important win.