State Sen. Phillip Puckett (D), another vulnerable incumbent, went so far as to say he would not vote for Obama next year. But that hasn’t stopped the Republican State Leadership Committee from spending $166,000 on TV ads against him, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. One ad featured cutouts of Puckett and Obama next to each other for the entire 30 seconds.
Perriello, who said he was not running for office, played down any implications today’s elections will have next year.
“Despite the Republican attempts to make this a national election, people understand the difference with local and state elections,” he said. “In this case, it’s really a question about the direction Richmond is going to take.”
Moran, the state party chairman and brother of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), agreed.
“Next year’s race is going to be competitive regardless of what happens on Tuesday,” he said. “But, obviously, both of them have been working very hard on behalf of their party candidates.”