Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on The Daily Rundown Wednesday morning that Terry McAuliffe’s victory in yesterday’s Virginia gubernatorial election was a sign that the swing state was turning Democratic.
“Let’s make sure we understand this is way more than a win being a win,” Wasserman Schultz said. “This was significant. A few years ago, if you were around a pundit table, there’s no way that Chuck Todd would have predicted that in 2013 Virginia would be as close to reliably blue in statewide elections.”
“Is that how you look at that?” Todd asked skeptically.
“We’re getting closer and closer,” Wasserman Schultz said. “You’ve got the president winning in 2008 and 2012. Two of the three straight-wide offices. If the attorney general’s race comes out our way, five office holders [will be] Democrats, for the first time in decades.”
“How much is Terry McAuliffe’s win about the Democratic party’s ability to talk to the middle, and how much is it about the Republican Party and maybe Ken Cuccinnelli being too conservative?” Todd asked. “You admit that if they had nominated Bill Bolling, it might have been a different result?”
“Let’s give Terry McAuliffe the victory that this is,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Look at last year’s election. President Obama won Virginia by four points. Terry McCauliffe won last night by three points.” (Four, Todd said, after all the votes were all counted.) “The electorate looked like the 2012 electorate in 2013. But there’s no question that in election after election, voters are saying no to the tea party extremism when a serious race is on the line. Unless you are in a Republican primary.”
Watch the full clip below, via MSNBC:
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