NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – With the candidates and voters poised for the first presidential debate tonight, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a new survey of likely voters by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. But Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is winning support, especially among Millennial voters.
In a head-to-head contest, voters prefer Clinton, 48-38 percent. But among all five candidates who will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, the tally is Clinton 39, Trump 33 and Johnson 15. Green Party nominee Jill Stein and independent Evan McMullin each take 3 percent. The margin of error is +
Candidates who thumb their nose at a blogger’s influance on voters and political campaigns run the risk of alienating a growing populace of politically active voters. These younger SM (Social Media) types that read Not Larry Sabato (a.k.a. Ben Tribbett) and many other political websites are getting more respect (or at least tolerance) of bloggers like Tribbett. As you can see I struck through “younger” since I am old enough to be Tribbett’s mother. I am joined by many “more seasoned” SM users in twitter group chats like last nights #journchat (hash tag). Journchat is a two-hour tweet on topics/advice about journalism, reporting, public relations, and the future of print media… but I digress.
Tribbett endorsed Terry McAuliffe for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Virginia today after much angst. Read his descriptive inner struggle with this decision HERE. Tribbett appears with Terry McAuliffe on a YouTube clip as T-Mac graciously accepts Tribbitt’s endorsement (T-Mac is an acronym assigned to McAuliffe by bloggers).
T-Mac gets it! Courting bloggers and Social Media users of facebook and twitter is a must for all candidates. But take heed, candidates, SM users know when you are begrudgingly using SM as an afterthought or chore. SM users also know when it is NOT really you but one of your “minions” doing the tweeting for you.
Candidates who participate on twitter (the preferred SM) had better put some meat on their tweets. No one wants to read from a candidate … “ah, well I’m going out to knock on doors today” – boring. Tweets that include links with substantive content is essential. Tweet with a “message”, candidates! A little humor doesn’t hurt either!
PRESS RELEASE from McAuliffe Campaign:
Today, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe received the endorsement of Virginia blogger Ben Tribbet and former lieutenant governor candidate Jon Bowerbank, as well as Democratic leaders from across the state.
Tribbett runs the blog Not Larry Sabato, the most widely read political blog in the Commonwealth. McAuliffe has previously been endorsed by the three co-founders of the Draft Jim Webb movement, bloggers Lee Diamond, Josh Chernila, and Lowell Feld.
Former lieutenant governor candidate Jon Bowerbank, citing McAuliffe’s experience and leadership, elaborated on his endorsement in a statement to the campaign “Terry’s got big ideas for Virginia’s future and I believe he’s got the experience to deliver– on job creation and making our Commonwealth a leader on green technologies,” said Bowerbank. “At a time when so many families across the Commonwealth are struggling, Terry can help bring people from across the Commonwealth together to get our economy back on track. I look forward to working with him, and I strongly endorse his candidacy for Governor.”
The full list of those endorsing today follows:
Carol Johanningsmeier – 1st Vice Chair, Suffolk Democratic Committee
Dan Sullivan, USMC LtCol (Ret.) – Virginia Beach Democratic Activist and Committee Member
Juston Hugue – President of the Tidewater Community College Young Democrats, Chesapeake Campus
Princess Maribal – Outreach Chair, Loudoun County Young Democrats
Chris Mayer – Central Committee Member and former chair, York County
Frank Schubauer – Activist Democratic Committee Member, Newport News
Larry Henderson – Former Chair, Hampton Veterans & Military Families for Obama
Sandra Engelhardt – Central Committee Member, Newport News, 1st CD
Donyata S. Washington – Virginia Children’s Rights Advocate and Community Activist, Norfolk