We're still six months away but campaigning for Virginia's governor's race is underway. The Commonwealth has one of only two governors races in November. Last week, Republican Candidate Ken Cuccinelli released his first TV ad.
Tomorrow, you may see Democrat Terry McAuliffe's first ad as well.
It seems like it was just yesterday the onslaught of ads for the Presidential campaign ended and here we go again.
"I'm the youngest of four boys. When I was fourteen, I saw a chance to literally pave the way to my future and I started a business paving driveways," the commercial says.
The spot is called "Youngest of Four". McAuliffe gives some insight into who he is as a person.
He gives biographical information, much like his counterpart Ken Cuccinelli did in his first ad released last week.
"My wife Dorothy and I have lived in Virginia for over 20 years. And here we've raised 5 children of our own," McAuliffe says.
In the ad, he also touts his job-creation record.
"Candidate definition is going to be an integral part of this campaign all the way through and certainly early on," says Roanoke College Political Science Professor and WDBJ7 senior political analyst Harry Wilson.
Wilson says it does feel early to see these ads, but its common to make them biographical.
It may not take long before the nature of these spots changes, "Once they think they've done a little bit of that, they'll turn the attention to trying to define the other person. As soon as one launches an ad, whoever goes first the other one will be up within a day probably," Wilson said.
Based on the accusations flying between campaigns already, most analysts agree that it's not a matter of if these ads turn negative, it's when.
To see WDBJ7 reporter Joe Dashiell's breakdown of the first Ken Cuccinelli ad from last week, click here.