With Clinton strong in Virginia, McAuliffe role understated

(AP Photo/Molly Riley)
(AP Photo/Molly Riley)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – With his longtime friend Hillary Clinton looking strong in Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe sounds a bit like the bored Maytag repairman.

Virginia was supposed to be a key battleground state and the high energy governor was expected to spend the weeks leading up to Election Day bouncing around the Old Dominion helping the Democratic presidential nominee seek its 13 electoral votes.

But the expected high stakes battle for McAuliffe – a Clinton loss would reflect poorly on his administration – has not lived up to the hype.

Clinton has shown a consistent lead in Virginia and has her attention on other states. Republican Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence have been frequent visitors, but the campaign has not invested heavily in media advertising here. On Thursday, the Trump campaign said it was shifting some staff to North Carolina.