Webb's Money Problem
Certainly these polls will encourage more to donate to Webb's campaign and probably result in the DNC/DSCC giving him more support as well (since he has gotten no support thus far I assume he will get something now).
I have a few questions though. First off, who can he get to do big fundraisers for him? Do you guys think Barbara Boxer will be a big draw in Virginia? Moreover, will people like her give Webb bad publicity b/c of his association?
Second, since the race is tightening will Mark Warner work harder for Webb or stay on his presidential rounds; coming back for an event now and then?
The other thing to ask is whether the tightening of this race could actually cause an advantage for the GOP. First off, if the DNC/DSCC start giving more money here (and especially if they basically have to finance the race theirself), they will obviously be taking it away from other races like PA, MO and OH. Could that be what tips the balance to us in a couple of races? The RNC/RSCC will have to spend viturally no money on this race b/c Allen will always have a commanding money lead and will be able to raise however much he needs on his own.
Certainly these polls show the race getting closer, but Virginia is not so democratic that Webb can be outspent 5-1 or 10-1 and win. Its not going to happen. Until Webb shows he can compete in the fundraising arena, I still think George Allen will be fine in the end.