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New Poll Finds McAuliffe and Cuccinelli In Statistical Dead Heat

With just under two months until Virginians head to the polls to elect a new governor, it's a statistical dead heat between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 44 to 41 percent among likely voters, within the poll's three-percent margin of error. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, for his part, draws seven percent, while six percent of respondents remain undecided.

McAuliffe is seen more favorably than Cuccinelli, though, with a 38-38 percent split to Cuccinelli's 34-51 favorable/unfavorable rating. Cuccinelli leads among white voters (48 percent) and men (47 percent), while McAuliffe claims more support among black voters (77 percent) and women (49 percent).

Sarvis' role may be decisive come November, but analysts aren't yet sure who he helps—or hurts—more.

"Right now, we can't tell whether Sarvis' candidacy is hurting Cuccinelli more than McAuliffe," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The Libertarian candidate is getting 3 percent of the Republican vote and 2 percent of the Democratic vote, but 14 percent of independent voters."

The poll finds that respondents think McAuliffe is more trustworthy than Cuccinelli, while they find Cuccinelli to have more experience to by the commonwealth's top elected official. Still, respondents say McAuliffe understands their problems better than Cuccinelli.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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