Obamacare cost him a seat in Congress. Can it make him Governor of Virginia? (Washington Post)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said Perriello has done the better job appealing to Democratic activists.

“Over the last several days, it seems like Northam has been playing catch-up on the health-care debate,” Farnsworth said. “Powerful images can really trump substance as we’ve learned in politics, and the arresting image of a crushed ambulance is going to resonate with a number of voters a lot more than a quietly successful career in health care.”

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