In 2007, negative push polling in Loudoun's Supervisor races got so bad, that the Board of Supervisors actually passed a resolution condemning it. Again in 2010, during the Leesburg Town Elections, there was an outbreak of push polls against a few of the incumbents during the last week of that race. They did not affect the eventual result, but they were there.
Today, in the 2011 Supervisors' race, it appears that such polling may be back. A number of friends and neighbors have been getting survey calls, asking there preferences among the Republican candidates, and in multi-way match-ups for Leesburg Supervisor.
In general, we Democrats don't waste time and money on polling local races. The whole point of a local campaign is to reach out and talk with voters, directly, regardless of their polled preferences. The best way to poll your constituents is to knock on their doors and talk to them, personally. Our Democratic candidates, like Kelly Burk, Dave Butler, Sen. Mark Herring, Josh Actor and Jennifer Wexton understand this, which is why they and their campaigns are spending the time to talk to voters, rather than paying for sketchy telephone polls.
Or perhaps the Republicans aren't confident in their candidates, and are trying to discover their viability before committing more money and time to certain races? If that's the case, why should the voters of Loudoun believe in the Republican campaigns, if their own Party doesn't?