It seems to me that speculation around McAuliffe's candidacy had impacted the race long before this formal announcement, with Deeds and Moran picking up big endorsements much earlier than I would have expected. Now take Brian Moran's challenge this weekend for the candidates to refuse out-of-state money; a move some Democrats are already blasting, and I can't say I disagree. Out-of-state financing is not a winning message, as Virgil Goode learned in the congressional race and as Dem Bones notes here. Meanwhile, Creigh Deeds seems to be doing a good job of staying above the fray, as no news is apparently good news.
I will not endorse any of the candidates right now, but I will say that if McAuliffe really can raise $80 million as he claims, I think this video is proof he should invest in southern accent lessons if he wants to win past the primary. :)