as you can read in this just posted story.
The Post notes that Kaine is maintaining his lead while the President's has shrunk, meaning he is now running ahead of the President.
A couple of snips:
The two men have raised nearly $30 million combined, and more than $40 million has been poured into the race by outside groups — the most of any non-presidential race in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — with the majority coming from Allen’s allies.And that tsunami of negative ads against Kaine has been wasted. From April until Kaine went on the air in September he was hit with $10 million of negative ads and the polls stayed at 46-46.
And this is key:
Kaine’s lead is fueled by a continued strong showing among women voters and voters in the Northern Virginia suburbs closest to the District, and comes despite growing advantages for Allen among whites and seniors. Kaine enjoys a 12-point edge on the question of which man would do a better job working with the other party on Capitol Hill — a focal point of Kaine’s message.