Recent polling has consistently shown a widening gap in the gubernatorial race in McAuliffe's favor. Part of this is likely related to the government shutdown. The poll found that 54 percent of likely voters in Virginia blame Republicans for the shutdown while just 31 percent of those surveyed blame President Obama. McAuliffe has hammered Cuccinelli on the shutdown, releasing numbers ads and statement tying the conservative attorney general to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
McAuliffe is also reportedly winning in the advertising war. He has outspent Cuccinelli 2-to-1 in the race, according to NBC.