Poll: Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Tied in Virginia Governor’s Race

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 04:47 PM

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Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are running a dead heat in their quest to become governor of Virginia, tied 38 to 38 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll.

If you throw GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who may run as an independent, into the mix, McAuliffe leads with 34 percent, followed by Cuccinelli with 31 percent, and Bolling with 13 percent.

The poll, conducted Feb. 14-18, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

"Although the folks in Richmond are paying close attention to the political maneuvering around the governor's race, most Virginians have not yet begun focusing on it," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

"When asked about the candidates, most voters don't know enough about Terry McAuliffe or Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to have an opinion, and barely half know enough about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to form an opinion. This despite the fact that Bolling and Cuccinelli have been elected to statewide office and McAuliffe ran for governor four years ago."

McAuliffe is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Cuccinelli has a 30 percent favorable/25 percent unfavorable rating, with 44 percent not knowing enough about him to have a view. McAuliffe is at 23 percent favorable/16 percent unfavorable, with 60 percent who don't know enough to have a view. And Bolling is at 18 percent favorable/10 percent unfavorable, with 72 percent not knowing enough to form an opinion.

Editor’s Note: Read Newsmax magazine's special report "The Passion of Ken Cuccinelli,” an exclusive in-depth look at the Republican who is well-known for fighting the good fight.





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