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Poll: Va. Voters Lukewarm to a Clinton Presidential Run

Poll: Va. Voters Lukewarm to a Clinton Presidential Run
A campaign-style bus sponsored by the political action committee (PAC) 'Ready for Hillary' in Arlington, Va. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:48 AM

Hillary Clinton may have dominated national polls as early presidential prognosticating begins, but in Virginia, voters are less enthusiastic about her chances, The Washington Post reported.

A poll released by the University of Mary Washington found Virginia a tougher roll for the former secretary of state, even as many polls earlier this year had Clinton running above 60 percent, the Post noted Monday in its The Fix column.

The poll, taken from Oct. 1-6, found that if the presidential election were held today, Clinton would earn just 33 percent, as she leads a list of other possible Democratic contenders that included Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

While Clinton has yet to announce her candidacy and has been on the campaign trail helping Democrats across the country, others contend she could be more vulnerable than some of her poll numbers portend.

Among those are former White House Communication Director Anita Dunn, who told Bloomberg that Clinton is exposed on national security issues as well as the economy, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

"Clearly there is a progressive economic wing of the Democratic Party. It’s a really strong, interesting message, and that’s where people will look to see if she is vulnerable,” Dunn said when asked about areas on which she might advise Clinton. “And, of course, the other place will be national security right now.”

Dunn noted, however, that things have changed since Clinton's formidable but ultimately failed White House bid in 2008, when she lost the presidential primary to Barack Obama.

"This would be a much tougher primary race than the one we were looking at in 1999,” Dunn told Bloomberg, according to the Beacon, in response to a question about the primary contest between Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley for the 2000 election.

“I know that seems unlikely. But the reality is that Hillary Clinton since 2008 has really deepened her hold on the Democratic electorate.”

One group that seems to be fully ready to toss support behind Clinton, should she run, is the millennials, according to a Fusion poll released earlier this month and reported by Politico.

Among Democratic voters ages 18-34, 58 percent said they'd vote for Clinton as their primary candidate in the 2016 presidential race. Clinton beat Biden and Warren handily among that demographic, Politico noted.

A mid-September poll from Roanoke College, however, found Virginians choosing Clinton over likely Republican presidential challengers, The Courier-Journal reported. Clinton drew a 51-35 lead over Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a 10-point lead over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Roanoke survey of registered voters.

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Hillary Clinton may be dominating many national polls as the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nominee, but in Virginia, a new poll shows that voters there are less enthusiastic about her chances.
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:48 AM
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