Poll shows close race for Virginia governor
May 8th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
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Poll shows close race for Virginia governor

(CNN) - With less than six months before Election Day in Virginia's gubernatorial race, a new poll indicates the race is still tight.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a slight 43%-41% advantage over Republican Ken Cuccinelli among registered voters, according to a new NBC/Marist poll released Wednesday.

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When looking at likely voters, however, the race flips with Cuccinelli jumping ahead, 45% to 42%. Both margins fall within the sampling error.

The results mark a change from a Washington Post survey released over the weekend, which showed Cuccinelli ahead by five percentage points among all Virginia voters, 46%-41%.

But among those who say they're certain to vote in November, Cuccinelli again gets a bigger lead, 51%-41%.

Both polls show that many voters in the commonwealth are unfamiliar with the race. According to the NBC/Marist poll, 44% of those polled say they've never heard of McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, while 32% don't know about Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general.

Those numbers indicate poll results could change greatly in the coming months, as the candidates begin to pour more money into ads and hold bigger campaign events.

Cuccinelli, who has strong tied to the conservative, tea party base, has 91% support from the Republicans in the commonwealth, as does McAuliffe among Democrats in Virginia. Among independent voters, they each carry 36%.

The NBC/Marist poll was conducted by telephone with 1,095 registered voters. The sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    While Virginia isn't as hopeless as South Carolina, I expect more bad news for Dems here: committed "tea party" voters in a mid-term election still equals a Republican victory in Virginia.

    May 8, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. much thunder..little rain

    6 months away ..really...is this news...

    May 8, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Sniffit

    I'm getting a distinct Coakley vibe from McAulffe's campaign. 44% not having heard of him is ridiculous. He's sitting on his thumbs and diddling himself instead of actually running.

    May 8, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |

    What motavates someone to vote gop? after doing even a small amount of research, its obvious they only represent the wealthy, why is this so difficult to figure out, are there that many idiots out there. im no liberal, just dont get it, im not for gay marriage, believe in the 2nd, but cant subscribe to the insanity the gop has emersed itself in. romney would of had very wealthy pay 1% tax, and raise the middle class to make up the difference, thats ho we got here, n gop has told mme how we got into such a mess, but want me to truat them to fix it, by more of the same, insanity at its best

    May 8, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Guest

    What a disgusting, un-Amercian lot the democratic party is in trying to attack the credibility and service of a former Navy SEAL. Keep it up, 2014 is close and America is watching your treasoneous activities.

    May 8, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Bill

    Cuccinelli will lose because he will not win independents or moderates and will perform poorly in Northern Virginia.

    May 8, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "While Virginia isn't as hopeless as South Carolina, I expect more bad news for Dems here: committed "tea party" voters in a mid-term election still equals a Republican victory in Virginia."

    Not to mention the fact that the VA legislature, controlled by the GOP/Teatrolls, responded to Obama's second election with more legislation specifically designed to hamper Dem voter turnout.

    May 8, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    @Guest.. Cuccinelli is putting disgrace to the term Navy SEAL, and so are you by using that title to defend this man's actions and beliefs. It almost sounds like you're saying we should just ignore his 13th century views on women because he was a Navy SEAL.

    May 8, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    @Guest... further shame on you for lying! Ken Cuccinelli never served in the military. His adult life has been spent first as a lawyer and then as a politician.

    May 8, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |