“Capturing a Senate majority is within the Democrats’ reach, but the party is facing potentially decisive resistance from rural voters in three critical Republican-leaning states, a series of Times/Bloomberg polls has found. If Democrats can’t break through on Nov. 7 to win the Senate races in at least two of those three states -- Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia -- they are unlikely to control the chamber.
Speaking of politics in Virginia, despite the possibility of resistance from rural voters, in Richmond the Democrat hoping to break through in the senatorial race, Jim Webb (pictured above and below to the right of Mayor Wilder), received a key endorsement from Mayor L. Douglas Wilder.
Wilder hopped on the Webb bandwagon with both feet, saying he would be campaigning actively for Webb, urging Virginians to recognize that it is indeed important that control of Congress is wrested from GOP hands. Wilder’s late-October sense of timing was supported by the aforementioned poll in the LA Times:
"In Virginia, Democrat Jim Webb led Republican Sen. George Allen, 47% to 44% ... this is the first major poll to show Webb leading Allen.”