Analyst: Obama's Support May Neither Harm Nor Help McAuliffe's Chances
President Barack Obama
With just days left until the election both candidates are pulling out the last-minute stops to gain voters. This weekend, President Barack Obama will stump for Terry McAuliffe - but is that really such a good move?
The Obama administration has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. NBC29 spoke with an analyst from the University of Virginia Center for Politics to see if campaigning with Obama will help or hurt McAuliffe.
Democratic McAuliffe has led his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli in the polls the last few months. Wednesday, three polls - one from Quinnipiac University, one from Roanoke College, and one from Hampton University - were released telling very different stories. But they all had McAuliffe in the lead nonetheless.
Sunday, Obama will stump for McAuliffe - but with the latest troubles in the Obama administration, could standing next to the president hurt McAuliffe's campaign? Political analyst Kyle Kondik says no.
"The president is still popular amongst Democrats and I think that McAuliffe being seen with Obama is probably a good visual,” Kondik said.
Kondik says it won't hurt even with the low number of Americans backing Obama.
"It's not like the president's approval rating is at 25 percent, it’s in the low 40s, which is not great but I think the McAuliffe folks think that it’s more of a positive than a negative,” Kondik said.
While it won't damage McAuliffe's campaign, it may not necessarily help either.
"Things have been pretty consistent. I wouldn't expect this appearance to really move that many voters one way or the other,” Kondik said.
That rang true back in 2010 when Obama came to Charlottesville to campaign for Tom Perriello but that didn't allow him to come out on top. But even if big-name celebrity politicians made a difference, Cuccinelli may not even have that option.
"The most recent Republican presidents George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush don't really get out and campaign the way that Bill Clinton does,” Kondik said.
Kondik says this race is all about consistency.
"Terry McAuliffe holding a small but sizeable lead somewhere in the mid-single digits, I think that's where it is now, that's where it’s been and probably where it's going next Tuesday,” Kondik said.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio will campaign with Cuccinelli in the last days before the election. Kondik says in those days the main focus for both sides will be to contact as many voters as possible.
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