(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Republican Robert McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds in this year's battle for Virginia governor.
According to a Washington Post survey released Sunday, 47 percent of registered voters in Virginia say they'd vote for McDonnell if the governor's election were held today, with 40 percent backing Deeds.
The poll suggests that the seven point lead widens to a 54 percent to 39 percent lead for McDonnell among people likely to vote in the November contest.
The survey indicates that the two candidates are running about even in northern Virginia among registered voters. Democrats have won large majorities this decade in the voter rich region. According to the survey, McDonnell leads Deeds by nine points in the rest of the state.
Among registered voters, 13 percent remain undecided and another 39 percent who are backing either Deeds or McDonnell say they could change their mind. Only 48 percent said their minds are made up.