Another Poll Shows McAulliffe Leading Cuccinelli In Virginia

A new Rasmussen poll shows Terry McAuliffe leading Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor’s race:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a seven-point lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the Virginia gubernatorial race enters the post-Labor Day stretch.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Virginia Voters finds McAuliffe with 45% support to Cuccinelli’s 38%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, while 10% remain unsure.

This is consistent with recent polling from other organizations showing McAuliffe opening a lead. Additionally, RealClearPolitics gives McAuliffe a 7.7 point lead in its polling average, with a clear trend in the Democratic candidate’s direction:

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With the campaign now in full swing, I’ve noticed that Virginia Democrats have begun their expected negative campaign against Cuccinelli, focusing most especially on his positions on social issues. These ads will likely continue to roll out and will be getting a lot of airtime hear in Northern Virginia. If they’re successful in sustaining Cuccinelli’s negatives and expanding the gender gap, then Virginia Democrats may just be able to pull off a victory here.

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  1. CSK says:

    I could be wrong, but it appears that Cuccinelli started dropping in the polls after Jackson became his running mate.

  2. DC Loser says:

    The Republican base has been already deployed in force for Cuccinelli, and I don’t know how many more they are able to rile up to get to the ballot box in 2 months. All the yard signs I see in my neighborhood are from the usual Republican homes. I don’t see one McAuliffe sign. Same for 99% of the bumper stickers on cars. Dems are going to vote because they dislike Cuccinelli intensly, not because they like McAuliffe. If the polls are to be believed, there isn’t much enthusiasm for Cuccinelli outside of his base.

  3. James Joyner says:

    I’m not sure I can bring myself to vote in this election. I’m not sure which of these guys is scarier.

  4. Sejanus says:

    @James Joyner: Well, at least this time you’re not deluding yourself with a “real Cuccinelli” pipe dream like the way you did in the 2012 presidential elections. I guess that’s progress.

  5. William Wilgus says:

    Let’s see . . . Republican or Democrat? Fewer rights or at least status quo? Absolutely questionable intelligence or possible questionable business ethics? Decisions, decisions.