Former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe leads Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by four poitns in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, according to a new Quinnipiac University released Thursday.
The poll found McAuliffe with the support of 43 percent of commonwealth voters, while Cuccinelli trailed with 39 percent support. Those findings are similar to what a survey earlier this week from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), which also showed the Democrat up by four.
But the Quinnipiac survey suggested that the emerging scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) gifts from a top donor will not have implications on the gubernatorial race. Seventy percent said the scandal will not affect their vote in the race, while just 14 percent said it makes them less likely to vote for Cuccinelli. A separate release from Quinnipiac earlier this week found a wide majority of Virginia voters do not want McDonnell to resign over the scandal.
The PollTracker Average currently shows McAuliffe with about a four point edge.