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Most Virginians Say Shutdown Hurt State, But Does Not Affect Governor's Race

Forty-seven percent of likely Virginia voters say that the government shutdown hurt the commonwealth "a great deal" and 30 percent said it hurt "somewhat," according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Only 17 percent of those polled said that the shutdown had "no real effect," while three percent said it helped Virginia, which is home to many federal government workers and federal facilities.

And while the shutdown has helped sink the GOP's standings in national polls, it seems not to have had much impact on the race for Virginia's top elected office. According to the poll, Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli 46-39; in another poll earlier this month, the split in favor of McAuliffe stood at 47-39.

The poll finds Libertarian contender Robert Sarvis polling at 10 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,085 likely voters with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.


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