Growing support among independent voters in Virginia is giving Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell a comfortable lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds.
A Richmond Times-Dispatch poll shows 48 percent favor McDonnell to 40 percent for Deeds. Twelve percent are undecided.
McDonnell drew strong support in traditionally Republican regions of Virginia while Deeds leads in northern Virginia.
Mason-Dixon Polling + Research interviewed 625 registered voters by telephone late last week. All said they were likely to cast ballots on Nov. 3.
Those polled were divided almost equally between men and women. Whites accounted for 83 percent; blacks, 15 percent; and other groups, 2 percent.
The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Elliott Francis has the details...