Cuccinelli in Fredericksburg tonight for town hall gathering

In these, the lazy days of summer, Virginia’s 2013 race for governor between Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) more or less has been relegated to background noise – at least for many of the potential voters, national media fixation notwithstanding.

Relaxation turns into procrastination which turns into sensory nullification.

Sure, the debating season began Saturday at The Homestead Resort in Bath County, but the face-to-face sparring session wasn’t televised, began at 11 a.m. and was available only via the Internet.

To actually get in front of{ } some eyeballs, Cuccinelli will be in Fredericksburg tonight for the third in a series of town hall meetings. McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said Monday his man has nothing planned for today but will as the week progresses.

University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth, for one, actually did watch the debate and told NewsChannel 8’s Bruce DePuyt Monday on ‘NewsTalk’ he believes while the election process is unfolding quite slowly it’s headed toward a furious finish.

But their stances on issues are still unclear.

“Ultimately, we still are left with a lot of missing pieces of the puzzle of where these candidates would actually take the state,” he said. “I mean, they’re both focused so much on destroying the other candidate (and) they’re really not saying nearly enough about where they would take the state."