The combination of disaffected Republican voters and actual Libertarians has given Sarvis a significant boost in light of Cuccinelli's far-right views, says Deirdre Condit, chairwoman of political science and international studies at Virginia Commonwealth University's Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
"That creates the opportunity for a conservative, former Republican now-identified Libertarian candidate to step forward as a different version of Republicanism," Condit
"And to be very attractive to that group who would normally be Republican voters."
As for the 20-something on a fixed-gear bike riding away from Cary Street Cafe with a Sarvis sign in hand?
"Between the ages of 15 and 30, most people are moving away from authority figures," Condit
One thing Sarvis hasn't done, Condit
notes, is take a strong position on abortion.
called that debate distracting, and said that he
wife, who became pregnant before they married, chose not to have one.
casually negative stance on the issue, Condit
says, will turn away gender-gap voters who feel safer voting for McAuliffe.
"My gut tells me the election will tighten and that McAuliffe probably has the edge," Condit