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Poll: Virginia Governor Race Close, But Not Enough For Cuccinelli

Sometimes even I hate to be right, but Ken Cuccinelli is going to lose the Virginia governor race if the dynamics do not change soon. Yesterday, in “Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s Approval Sending GOP A Message,”  I argued that the GOP needs to start wholeheartedly backing Ken Cuccinelli if for no other reason but to test out the new GOTV technology in an effort to shrink the tech deficit with Democrats.

Thus far, the GOP has yet to commit and if the Democrats win the Virginia Gubernatorial race they will be dangerously emboldened by 2016. If that turns out to be the case, the GOP can kiss the “Old Dominion” goodbye in the electoral college, and the “New Dominion” will be solidly blue.

Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the Virginia gubernatorial race shows a close, although it shouldn’t be, contest between two well-known candidates. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe picking up 44% of the vote to Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s 41%.

There is definitely wiggle room in the survey for both candidates, and the race is far from over, as just 3% prefer some other candidate, but 12% are currently still undecided. In yesterday’s article, I examined Governor Bob McDonnell’s approval rating, which is certainly high enough to wonder why Cuccinelli is not performing better among Virginia voters.

As of yesterday, Cuccinnelli was leading in the average of polls by a small margin – .8%. That table will be updated shortly.

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Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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