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Democrat McAuliffe takes lead in latest poll for Virginia’s Governor

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — According to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a six point lead over Republican counterpart and current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to replace Governor Bob McDonnell.

The poll puts McAuliffe ahead at 48 to 42 percent. This is the first survey in the race among likely voters in the November election. [BONUS: Click here to read the rest of the poll]

Virginia voters say honesty is the most important quality as they decide on a candidate, 58 percent say “honesty and trustworthiness” are “extremely important.”

Josh Schwerin with the McAuliffe campaign said in a statement that his camp is less concerned about poll numbers and more excited about some of the candidate’s new endorsements, like Republican Boyd Marcus. [BONUS: Click here to read the complete statement]

Cuccinelli’s campaign also weighed in on the poll.  Anna Nix, Press Secretary for Cuccinelli for Governor, said in a statement the McAuliffe campaign has spent millions on attack ads “found to be false by a number of third-party fact-check organizations.” Additionally, Nix said despite the negative ads, the governor’s race remains very close. [BONUS: Click here to read the complete statement]

In Virginia’s race for Lieutenant Governor, 75 percent of voters say they don’t know enough about Republican E.W. Jackson to form an opinion of him and 87 percent say they don’t know enough about Democrat Ralph Northam.

The numbers for Virginia’s next attorney general are even higher. Over 80 percent of  Virginia’s voters say they don’t know enoughto form an opinion about Republican Mark Obenshain or Democrat Mark Herring.

Virginia’s General Election in November 5th.  The deadline for voter registration is October 15th.  For information on how to register click here.


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