Jeff Shapiro of the Times-Dispatch notes the advantage Republicans have in 2013 - candidates who inspire the base.
The core Republican vote — drown-the-government libertarians, anti-taxers, abortion opponents, gun-rights advocates, home-schoolers and anti-gay activists — will be there for Cuccinelli et al in November. That’s because the GOP grass roots view their 2013 candidates as they view themselves: as believers.
They are committed to ideas. They vote their hearts. They have — in Cuccinelli, Jackson and Obenshain — candidates who speak to both. They have seen effective conservative governance in Richmond, despite Gov. Bob McDonnell’s betrayal of the Republican no-new-taxes creed. And they have stacked the deck, carving legislative districts that literally and figuratively keep Virginia — in the aggregate, a centrist state — on the right course.
They have something worth defending.