Poll Finds Very Close Race for Virginia Governor

The only states that are holding important statewide elections this November are New Jersey and Virginia. Of the two the only one where the gubernatorial race is likely to actually be competitive is Virginia.

A new Marist poll found Democrat Terry McAuliffe with slim two point lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli among registered voter. According to the poll, McAuliffe has the support of 43 percent of the register voters and Cuccinelli with 41 percent. But if you include leaners and look only a likely voters Cuccinelli ends up with a three point lead of McAuliffe.

The race is very close but could easily change going forward. A significant number voters said they currently haven’t heard enough about either candidate to form an opinion. The poll found 46 percent said they didn’t know enough about McAuliffe to rate him and 32 percent said the same thing about Cuccinelli.

Both candidates still have a lot of room and time to define themselves and their opponents. The two campaigns only began airing TV ads in the past few weeks.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at