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As McAuliffe kicks off his campaign for governor of Virginia, a new poll shows voters have not really begun to follow the race.
On the same day the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on whether state same sex marriage bans are constitutional, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell voiced strong support for his state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is asking a broad range of supporters, business leaders, Republican activists and others in an email survey whether he should run for Virginia's top job.
Virginia's not the only electoral battleground with a Republican-ruled legislature where President Barack Obama mopped up last year en route to re-election. But it is the first to act on an ambitious menu of Republican legislation aimed at preventing another Democratic triumph.