Two Polls, Two Different Results In Virginia Governor’s Race


Updated: October 30, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

A poll released Wednesday from Quinnipiac University showed a tightening gubernatorial race in Virginia, a far cry from a Roanoke College poll and other recent surveys that have found Democrat Terry McAuliffe with wide leads.

According to Quinnipiac, McAuliffe picked up the support of 45 percent of likely voters, edging Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who claimed 41 percent. The poll found Libertarian Robert Sarvis with the support of nine percent of commonwealth voters.

It’s a shift since Quinnipiac’s poll last week, which showed McAuliffe leading by seven points and Cuccinelli failing to break 40 percent. Quinnipiac’s latest is also a departure from other recent polls, including one this week from the Washington Post that showed McAuliffe with a 12-point lead over Cuccinelli. A poll last week from right-leaning Rasmussen showed McAuliffe up by 17.

Roanoke’s survey, also released Wednesday, reflected the McAuliffe surge, showing the Democrat with a 15-point advantage over Cuccinelli.



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