With just one week until the Virginia gubernatorial election Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has seen his polling lead grow to double digits.
According to a new Washington Post/Abt-SRBI poll McAuliffe is currently at 51 percent among likely voters. Republican Ken Cuccinelli is at 39 percent and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis stands at 8 percent. This is a four point improvement for McAuliffe since last month.
What continues to drive McAuliffe’s lead is his strong performance among women. While the two candidates are tied among men, McAuliffe has an incredible 24 point lead among women.
This election will likely have a political impact well beyond this year as an example of what the 2016 Presidential election could look like.
If Chris Christie decides to run for President in 2016, which seems likely, expect him to quietly point to Cuccinelli as a warning of what will happen if Republicans choose a hardcore cultural conservative to go up against the “Clinton machine.” The worse Cuccinelli does, the easier it will be for Christie to make his case.