Cuccinelli still down, but not out — yet

leahy_80x88A new day brings us a new poll on Virginia’s statewide races. Roanoke College finds the gubernatorial race between Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe closer than Tuesday’s polls from Politico and Christopher Newport University, but only a bit:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a six-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli (40%-34%), while 16 percent of likely voters in Virginia remain undecided in the 2013 gubernatorial election, according to The Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis was supported by 9 percent of respondents.*

The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 1,046 likely voters in Virginia between September 30 and October 5 and has a margin of error of +3 percent

For those looking for trends across the polls out this week, one is very clear: Neither of the major party candidates has broken the 50 percent barrier, in part due to the continued polling strength of Libertarian Robert Sarvis. More ominously for the Cuccinelli campaign? He doesn’t crack 40 percent in any of the polls released this week.

The campaign’s response to its inability to move the numbers is baffling. It has reverted to its old, well-traveled attack on McAuliffe’s former car company, GreenTech.

We haven’t crossed into the dark last days of the George Allen’s 2006 Senate campaign yet. But we appear to be getting close.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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