You could fill plenty of Roanoke Civic Center coliseums with the number of pundits who think my old pal Dave “Mudcat” Saunders is fighting a lost cause working as a campaign strategist for Richmond lawyer and retired Army colonel Wayne Powell.
Powell’s the latest in a long line of Democrats who have tried to unseat Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, who as House Majority Leader is one of the most powerful people in Washington.
The problem for Powell is, not a one of previous challengers has ever come close. And because of redistricting, the 7th Congressional District is more Republican now than ever.
But a new poll out today highlights what may be a surprising vulnerability for the veteran congressman among 7th District voters: Women’s health issues, something that’s been in the news a lot lately here in Virginia.
From Think Progress:
Voters say they would support a pro-choice candidate over a candidate who is pro-life by an unexpectedly large margin, 68 percent to 23 percent. The finding comes after intense media coverage of efforts by state Republicans to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion, a procedure described by critics as “state-sponsored rape.” The resulting backlash from women in Virginia forced Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his allies at the statehouse to moderate their efforts.
Eric Cantor has a 100% rating from the National Right To Life Committee.
Moreover, with regard to Cantor’s reluctance to compromise with the opposing party:
Fifty nine percent of voters say they would support a candidate who works with President Obama some of the time compared to just 32 percent of respondents who say they would vote for the candidate who opposes virtually everything proposed by the White House, as Cantor and the rest of the GOP have insisted upon for much of Obama’s first term.