Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Sunday night debate performance did exactly what it needed to do: It stopped the bleeding.
It will not help him win in November. The Electoral College map shows Virginia continuing its march toward Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As this column has said from the beginning, no Republican can win the White House without carrying the Old Dominion.
Worse for Trump, the polling trends show Florida, Ohio and North Carolina moving Clinton's way, too.
So it's time for a close look at what comes after November, which at this point, looks like Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D, appointing someone to fill the remainder of Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's Senate term.
The leading contender is 3rd District Rep. Bobby Scott. It would be a political winner for McAuliffe and Democrats statewide as the party prepares for the 2017 gubernatorial election.
On the Republican side, the jockeying for a possible -- and now likely -- 2017 Senate race has been underway for months.