The latest Washington Post poll of political sentiments in Virginia is almost shockingly favorable for the Democrats. Not only does Mark Warner have a sky-high approval rating and a clear advantage over either of his likely opponents, but the state seems to be leaning toward the Democrats in presidential politics as well:
Long time left things change etc. but Republicans haven’t started out on the defensive in Virginia for decades. Since Truman, Virginia has gone Democratic exactly once, in 1964. Democrats who ran competitively in the South like JFK in 1960, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Bill Clinton in 1996 still all lost Virginia.