Poll Gives GOP 9-Point Lead in Va. Governor's Race

October 8, 2009 - 6:09 PM
A new poll shows Republican Bob McDonnell holds a convincing lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia's race for governor.
Richmond, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Republican Bob McDonnell holds a convincing lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia's race for governor.
 
The Washington Post poll of 1,001 likely voters found 53 percent supported McDonnell to 44 percent for Deeds.
 
The 9-point margin is well outside the plus-or-minus 3-point margin of error. It's also more than double the 4-point margin McDonnell held in the same poll three weeks ago. Fifty-three percent said they trust McDonnell more on jobs and the economy.
 
Only Virginia and New Jersey are electing governors this year. Both races are being watched closely as judgments on President Barack Obama's early administration. Since 1977, Virginia has always voted for the party that lost the previous year's presidential election.
Richmond, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Republican Bob McDonnell holds a convincing lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia's race for governor.
 
The Washington Post poll of 1,001 likely voters found 53 percent supported McDonnell to 44 percent for Deeds.
 
The 9-point margin is well outside the plus-or-minus 3-point margin of error. It's also more than double the 4-point margin McDonnell held in the same poll three weeks ago. Fifty-three percent said they trust McDonnell more on jobs and the economy.
 
Only Virginia and New Jersey are electing governors this year. Both races are being watched closely as judgments on President Barack Obama's early administration. Since 1977, Virginia has always voted for the party that lost the previous year's presidential election.