" Virginia: Ed Gillespie’s decision to challenge Senator Mark Warner set this up as one of the marquee matchups of 2014. Upon jumping into the race, Ed raised over $300k in the first week, and prompted the UVA Center for Politics to downgrade their prediction of Warner’s chances.
Polling does currently give Democratic Senator Warner a lead, but more importantly, this is the type of environment that could leave him high and dry as Virginians get to know Gillespie. A majority of Virginia’s voters disapprove of Obama and disapprove of ObamaCare. Moreover, Warner is unable to break the 50% mark on the ballot.
Notably from the poll, to know Gillespie is to like him. Among those IND voters who do have an impression of him, he has a two-to-one favorable image (21% Fav – 10% Unfav).
Gillespie’s first quarter in the race saw him raise $2.2million. Keeping a low burn rate, he now has nearly $2million cash on hand.
Senator Warner brought in $2.7million in Q1, and has $8.8million cash on hand."