With 28 Days Left, Terry McAuliffe's Lead Grows to 9 Percent over Ken Cuccinelli
Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The
Bolstered by anger at the federal government shutdown, sympathetic women and a huge lead in left-leaning northern Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has stretched his lead to 9 points over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, according to two different polls released Tuesday.
Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy found McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli among likely voters 47 percent to 38 percent. Among registered voters, McAuliffe holds a 5-point lead, 43 percent to 38 percent. Libertarian Robert Sarvis was the preference of 8 percent of likely voters and 9 percent of registered voters, said the school.
"McAuliffe appears to be opening up a sizeable lead, with strength from key demographics," said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. "The Cuccinelli campaign has its work cut out. In the next four weeks, they have to convince moderate Republicans to come home, and women to take a second look. The test for the McAuliffe campaign will be to make sure their voters turn out."
Politico's poll conducted jointly by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the Republican firm Harper Polling, found the Democrat leading the Republican 44 percent to 35 percent, with 12 percent for Sarvis. The paper credited the shutdown for McAuliffe's bump up in the poll.
There are just 28 days left until Virginia votes. …