It appears Steve Hunt will come up less than 2 points shy of Dave Marsden. The 37th District now has an absentee State Senator.
In a race this close, there are a whole bunch of reasons, but I’ll focus on this one:
At this point, what you are about to read is third-hand (from a reader to Norm at TQ to yours truly), but it should still worry every Virginian:
I saw Sen. Stosch speak at the Goochland Republican meeting last week . . . he made it clear we were going to have to have more taxes this year.
If you examine the comments of Norm’s post, you’ll see that this was confirmed by one of the commenters.
I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but in Northern Virginia, voters are looking for Republicans who will not vote for tax increases. Perhaps only a few hundred or so voters caught wind of Stosch’s nonsense, but those voters switching from Hunt to Marsden were enough, especially if (as is being reported) it was the GOP base that underperformed.
Have our Republican State Senators learned nothing from the last few elections? Even Bob McDonnell understood that tax increases were a no-go, and followed Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli back from the HB3202 brink. At the time, the Senate caucus was quiet – for which we can be eternally grateful. Who know what damage Stosch et al could have done to the ticket (especially if Ken Stolle – tax-hiker extraordinaire – hadn’t been too busy getting elected Virginia Beach Sheriff).
I feel bad for Hunt and his supporters. I genuinely do. However, this was yet another reminder that we need a serious shake-up in the GOP Senate caucus – the sooner, the better. Heaven forbid this crew hangs around long enough to raise our taxes and hand the entire General Assembly to the Democrats in 2011.