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The tightest statewide race — at least in polls — appears to be that for attorney general.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
RICHMOND — Three weeks from Election Day, another poll shows Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe hanging onto a lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, while the third-party candidate pulls double-digit support.
Buoyed by strong support among women, McAuliffe leads 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters in a poll released Tuesday by the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received support from 11 percent of the likely voters, and 4 percent of voters remained undecided.
“If the Sarvis numbers hold through Election Day, Virginia could elect its first governor with less than 50 percent of the vote in nearly 50 years, since Mills E. Godwin Jr. won 48 percent of the vote in a three-way race in the election of 1965,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center.
In the contest for lieutenant governor, Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, leads his Republican opponent E.W. Jackson 51 percent to 39 percent.
The rivals for attorney general are locked in the tightest statewide race. Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, has 46 percent of the vote to 45 percent for his Democratic opponent Sen. Mark Herring, D-Loudoun. That’s a slight change from the Oct. 8 poll that had Herring leading Obenshain by 3 percentage points, but still within the margin of error.
“The Attorney General’s race could very well be the one we wait up late for on November 5,” Kidd said in his analysis.
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