Democrat Terry McAuliffe has jumped to a 17-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race following the federal government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia hard and Hillary Clinton’s weekend visit to the state.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters finds McAuliffe with 50% support to Cuccinelli’s 33%. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is a distant third with eight percent (8%) of the vote. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, while five percent (5%) remain undecided.
The Cuccinelli campaign says it’s all rot:
Cuccinelli’s campaign expressed confidence, dismissing the polls. “In this race, there has been lots of polling and lots of very bad polling. In two weeks, voters will decide,” said spokeswoman Anna Nix.
No poll taken since early July has shown Cuccinelli leading the race. And to make matters worse, Rasmussen continues a trend of showing Cuccinelli polling below 40 percent.
But let’s add this onto the pile, too. PPP has a poll of those who’ve already cast their ballots and it shows McAuliffe ahead in that universe by a whopping 57-39 percent, with Sarvis at 3 percent — barely edging out the high water mark set by Russ Potts in 2005′s gubernatorial contest. The full results of PPP’s analysis can be seen here.
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.