WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Poll Shows Tim Kaine, George Allen Tied In Va. Senate Race

Play associated audio
Former Gov. Tim Kaine speaks at A DNC event September. Kaine is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia.
Former Gov. Tim Kaine speaks at A DNC event September. Kaine is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia.

Conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, the survey was taken last week and includes more than 1,400 voters. The results showed a statistical dead heat, with former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine receiving support from 43 percent of those polled and former Republican Gov. George Allen at 42 percent.

"Independents split a little more favorably toward Mr. Allen because at this point, there's more people in Virginia that consider themselves Democrats than Republicans, which is why the overall number is a dead heat," says Peter Brown, an assistant director of the polling institute.

Brown says the stakes couldn't be higher for Democrats.

"If they were to lose Virginia, that would be an indication that it would be tough to keep the Senate," he says.

The poll also measured President Obama's approval in Virginia, and showed a close call: 48 percent of those polled gave a favorable rating of the president and 48 percent gave an unfavorable one.


Many Comedians Have 'The Daily Show' To Thank For Their Thriving Careers

As Jon Stewart's final week hosting The Daily Show gets underway, we examine the show's legacy and the many careers and spinoffs it's launched.

Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.

The Attack On Planned Parenthood Funding Is The Latest Of Many

Flashback to the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan tried to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Efforts in Congress have continued since then, with the latest focused on fetal tissue research.

Group Offers To Help Revive HitchBOT That Was Vandalized In Philadelphia

A kid-sized robot that's built around a PVC bucket and sports a friendly face, the hitchBOT couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.