One of the few important races taking place this November is the Virginia gubernatorial election. According to a new PPP poll Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a four point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
It appears to be an election driven by who voters dislike the least. Even though it is still early in the cycle both candidates already have negative favorable ratings. From PPP:
PPP’s newest Virginia poll finds a pretty steady race with Terry McAuliffe leading Ken Cuccinelli 41-37. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from late May when McAuliffe had a 42-37 advantage. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, included for the first time, polls at 7%. His support is a reflection of voter unhappiness with both candidates.
Virginians aren’t high on Terry McAuliffe. 34% have a favorable opinion of him to 36% with a negative one, and 30% don’t have one either way. But he fares a whole lot better than Ken Cuccinelli, who has a -15 net favorability rating with 32% of voters seeing him positively and 47% unfavorably. This race may come down to who voters think is the lesser of two evils and for now that’s McAuliffe.
One of the factors that may affect Democrats positively at all levels in Virgina is the on going financial scandal involving Republican Governor Bob McDonnell. Federal investigators are currently looking into several questionable gifts and financial deals that enriched the McDonnell family while he was in office.
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