February 15, 2007
The Presidential primaries are less than a year away and one Virginia politician could be lending a hand to one of the hopefuls. Governor Tim Kaine may endorse Illinois Senator Barack Obama's run for the Presidency at a fundraiser in Richmond on Saturday.
Obama is brand new to the Presidential fray, having just announced his candidacy last Saturday. However, he and Tim Kaine have a good working relationship. In fact, Obama campaigned twice for Kaine in 2005 when he was running for Governor. It's this type of support that that David Wasserman from the UVa Center for Politics believes could turn the normally red Virginia, in a Democratic direction.
"Virginia is becoming more purple. We'll see 2008 as a contested race for the Presidency in Virginia. It's unclear so far who the candidates will be for each party but that will affect the extent to which Virginia is contested," Wasserman said.
Wasserman also believes that if a Republican were to lose Virginia, he has a hard time seeing them winning the White House.
Right now, most polls show Obama behind Hillary Clinton in second place for the Democratic nomination for President. However, those same polls also show many voters unsure of Obama's Presidential credentials.
Virginia's Democratic primary is set for February 12, 2008.