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Virginia Gubernatorial Race Neck And Neck

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Former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are close enough to be within the poll's margin of error.
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Former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are close enough to be within the poll's margin of error.

Virginia voters are split over who will be their next governor, according to a survey conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll of 1,134 registered Virginia voters finds that Republican state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are in a dead heat, even if Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling runs as an independent.

According to the numbers, the former Democratic National Committee Chairman gets 40 percent to 39 percent to Cuccinelli with one in five voters saying they are undecided.

If Republican Bolling were to run as an independent, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli would get 34 percent each to Bolling's 13 percent. Bolling dropped out of contention for the Republican bid in November, citing the party's decision to abandon a statewide primary for a convention, which was expected to be favorable for Cuccinelli.

One thing all three candidates have in common is that they are still relative unknown with registered voters in the commonwealth. As many as 41 percent reported not knowing enough about Cuccinelli to have an opinion, 61 percent for McAuliffe, and 72 percent for Bolling.

The poll has a margin of plus or minus 2 percent.

The election will take place on Nov. 5.


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