Right now is probably not a good time to mention Ted Cruz if you are close to Ken Cuccinelli. Why?
A new poll from NBC4/Marist shows Ken Cuccinelli (R) trailing Democrat Terry McAuliffe, 46 to 38 among likely voters. For those paying attention Cooch has lost three points to the Big Mac since the shutdown started.
In addition, the shutdown has hurt the GOP among Independent voters. Among independents, by a margin of 71-23 percent the GOP is viewed negatively.
It doesn’t take James Carville to realize that is not the direction any candidate wants to go less than 20 days before the election.
The question is can Cooch turn it around? How does he try to do that? Will he try to get independents back or does he focus only on base mobilization? That is the big strategic question for Cooch.