Larry Nordvig, Executive Director of the Richmond Tea Party, believes he knows why: Ken Cuccinelli isn't conservative enough.
"Conservatives are highly concerned about Obamacare, immigration, and moral decline, and are looking for reassurance and leadership in those areas," Nordvig told Breitbart. "Attorney General Cuccinelli has not taken a hard stand on those issues. The net effect is that he's not exciting his base, which dampens campaign volunteer activism."
"Cuccinelli is not going to win the money race," Nordvig continued. "That means he will stand, or fall, based on grassroots support. He has got to start reassuring conservatives that he will fight for their deepest-held beliefs.
"Oh, and it wouldn't hurt to court the Tea Party a little more," Nordvig added. "We're the major component of the grassroots support he needs to win."
Back in reality, Cuccinelli has practically built his entire campaign around the issues Nordvig claims he has not taken a hard enough stand on.
Cuccinelli was the first state attorney general to file a lawsuit challenging Obamacare and has called for civil disobedience against the law.
On immigration, he sided with Arizona's SB 1070 (AKA: the "show me your papers" law), sought to overturn birthright citizenship, offered legislation that would make it easier to fire workers for not speaking English and incurred criticism for comparing immigrants to rats.
On "moral decline," Cuccinelli has taken hardline stances against both gay marriage and contraception. He supported sodomy laws and tried to rollback job protections for LGBT employees and health benefits for gay couples, and also backed the criminalization of certain forms of birth control.
All this, according to Nordvig, is not conservative enough.
Just how conservative can one man possibly become?