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Virginia Poll: McAuliffe, Cuccinelli in Dead Heat in Virginia 2013 Governor's Race
McLean Patch ^ | January 9, 2013 | Mary Ann Barton

Posted on 01/10/2013 8:38:12 AM PST by HokieMom

Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning shows race has tightened a bit since November.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and McLean resident Terry McAuliffe and GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli are virtually tied at the beginning of the race for the governor's seat in Virginia, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows McAuliffe with 40 percent to Cuccinelli's 39 percent. One in five voters say they are undecided, according to the poll.

In November, a similar poll showed McAuliffe with 41 percent to Cuccinelli's 37 percent.

"While all three candidates for governor have run statewide previously, voter memories are short and they are little-known to Virginia voters," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a news release.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped out of the race in late 2012, citing a change in the nomination process as his reason for dropping out. There is speculation that Bolling may run as an independent.

In the past, nominees were chosen in a statewide primary, but the 2013 candidates will be chosen at a party convention.

“I reluctantly concluded that the decision to change the method of nomination from a primary to a convention created too many obstacles for us to overcome,” he said at the time. Bolling said he feared the convention system would only divide the state GOP, inhibiting its ability to reach and help Virginia residents.

"It goes without saying that with this relatively low level of voter recognition it will be some time before the shape of the race becomes clear," Brown said. "What is clear is that as an independent Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling faces a pretty stiff uphill climb should he decide to run as an independent."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cuccinelli; ken4gov; mcauliffe; va2013
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To: CatherineofAragon

7 out of 10 voters don’t know who either of them are.”

...Cuccinelli is such a good man. He’s depicted as the evil capitalist by the media and will have a tough time winning. I’ll be there volunteering for him though.

21 posted on 01/10/2013 9:47:19 AM PST by albie
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To: HokieMom

“Dead Heat” means “The Punk” (Rush’s term for McAuliffe) can start writing his acceptance speech now.

22 posted on 01/10/2013 10:03:07 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: HokieMom

I fully expect that in a off year election, it will be a GOP statewide sweep. The drones come out in presidential election years.

23 posted on 01/10/2013 10:27:48 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

It was a sweep four years ago. A much-needed boost to our morale since Virginians had just voted for a democrat for president the first time since 1964 and LBJ the year before.

24 posted on 01/10/2013 11:26:17 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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25 posted on 01/10/2013 12:44:06 PM PST by TwoSue
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To: TwoSue

He is a jerk.

26 posted on 01/10/2013 12:57:05 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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