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Monday, October 24, 2016

Poll: McAuliffe Opens Up 17 Percent Lead Over Cuccinelli In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Poll: McAuliffe Opens Up 17 Percent Lead Over Cuccinelli In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a stunning 17 percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, according to a new poll from Republican-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

The poll has McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 50 to 33 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis trailing far behind at 8 percent — 3 percent support some other candidate, and 5 percent are undecided. The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

McAuliffe’s 17 point edge is easily his largest lead in any poll of the race, and a huge expansion of his 6 percent lead in Rasmussen’s previous survey, from September. The seismic shift suggests that Cuccinelli has been badly hurt by the government shutdown — an issue for which most voters blame Republicans, and which Cuccinelli has been unable to dodge throughout the home stretch of the campaign. The Republican attorney general has certainly not helped his own cause by appearing at a fundrasier with the shutdown’s public face, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and by declining to take a position on the deal that finally ended the crisis on October 16.

Although no other poll has shown McAuliffe with such a dominant lead, he has established himself as the clear frontrunner in the November 5 election. The former Democratic National Committee chair has led in every public poll since July, and he now holds a 10 percent advantage in Real Clear Politics’ polling average.

The GOP appears to see the writing on the wall. According to a report in the National Journal, Virginia Republicans have responded to Cuccinelli and his controversial running mate E.W. Jackson’s struggles by quietly shifting resources down-ballot, to attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain.

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  • John Pigg

    Lets go Libertarian Candidate!

  • Budjob

    It appears that one nutcase is going down the tubes.Only ten million more and the USA will have a fighting chance!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    And as this is a “Republican Leaning” poll, they can’t exactly claim the infamous “Liberal Bias”. What surprises me is Rasmussen gives McAullife a bigger lead than the “Liberal Leaning” Q-Poll!

  • mandinka

    It took the current Governor 2 years to fix the huge debt he inherited from Kaine and Warner. McAuliffe will plunge VA into a $1.8B deficit in just 2 years. The fact that old Terry is a know embezzler should scare people away but the WashPOst has refused to publish any negative articles on him

    • william jones

      DANMandinkaKETTER, please give that pen$ion and di$ability money you
      keep fleecing back to the American taxpayers. A veteran is one who
      serves the people, not a general’s manservant on the battlegrounds of
      the base golf course. He’s probably the type who would steal a pack of
      cigarettes left behind from the Vietnam Memorial. Bad!

    • kmkirb

      Keep pushing your lies, because those of us who actually live in VA know that what you post is BS. NO, McConnell did not have to fix no huge debt from Kaine & Warner. That’s why they have their reputations & stats to back them up, unlike McConnell & his Star Scientific fiasco. I see the damage AG Cooch has done. He refused to even give back the $18,000 from his fiasco with Star Scientific. At least McConnell had the balls to own up to what he did wrong, & he apologized. Cooch refused to to recuse himself from his AG position while campaigning, unlike anyone else that was ever in that position prior. Hell, he couldn’t do a good job before when that’s all he had to focus on, but all he does now is focus on campaigning, & won’t let anyone else get down to do the state’s business.

      And we don’t need nor want a lying misogynist bigot as our governor who wants to be in everyone’s bedroom. Go troll somewhere ignoramus.