Posted on 30 August 2013.
It’s not too often when RedState gives a Libertarian good news but they did. Here is the story from the email box of the man himself, Erick Erickson (actually written by Neil Stevens)!
Stevens’s concern is that Democrats are overpolled compared to the population. He’s probably right. I have tremendous respect for what RedState does.
But my take comes from the poll itself:
The candidates for Governor are Republican
Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and
Libertarian Robert Sarvis. If the election was
today, who would you vote for?
What will happen if people really knew Sarvis? There’s a conservative/libertarian revolt out there aided and abetted by the negativity of both candidates, the scandal surrounding the governor and the antics of the GOP in Richmond with the sales tax and Medicaid expansion. Cuccinelli will have to engage Sarvis and win back the base. People aren’t buying the “lesser of two evils” argument in the circles I run in. Try out this blog
entry from The Virginia Conservative on Sarvis and this one
showing the libertarian speaking to yet another tea party group: The Staunton Tea Party (Note the photo from the drive-in: It would be worth the trouble to run just to have my name on the marquee of a 50s era hangout like that!). Will the Libertarians get ten percent? Could Sarvis pull of the upset of the century? Still not likely for either one. But McAuliffe and Cuccinelli better hope Robert Sarvis doesn’t get a couple of million bucks of his own or it might be a race…
According to a new poll, Terry McAuliffe (D) has opened up a double digit lead over Ken Cuccinelli (R), 45% to 35%
in the Virginia Governor’s race, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis at 10% and 11% of voters undecided. The
Emerson College Polling Society survey was conducted August 23 through the 28, with 653 registered voters at
a 3.8% margin of error.
Amazingly enough, among independents polled, Sarvis is at an astounding 17%.
Now polls of registered voters as opposed to likely voters are not as accurate indicators of the ultimate result but it appears after four different polls by three different polling organizations, the libertarian hopeful is growing in numbers in spite of almost no advertising. Again I must say: Ken Cuccinelli needs to deal decisively with the Sarvis phenomenon or he’ll almost surely lose to the Democrat. It may be an amazing election – can you say Jesse Ventura? (Ventura did not have the funds his opponents did by the way. But he practiced retail politics well and ran ads at the end when he was a contender. But he did get into at least one state-wide televised debate.)
Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written seven scholarly legal articles and was an adjunct at T. C. Williams School of Law. (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)