Though Mr. McDonnell gained some unwanted attention from the legislature's controversial law passed this session that will require women to undergo ultrasound imaging before they have an abortion, he has rebounded somewhat, said Jessica Taylor, senior analyst/reporter for the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
"I mean, this is Washington's favorite parlor game," Ms. Taylor said. "As soon as the nomination's done, we'll move onto the next shiny object. ... I think most people are going to be voting for the top of the ticket or against the top of the ticket."