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May 08, 2013


Cuccinelli Holds Slight Lead in Virginia

A new NBC News/Marist poll in Virginia finds Ken Cuccinelli (R) leading Terry McAuliffe (D) in the race for governor among likely voters, 45% to 42%.

Among all voters, McAuliffe holds a small lead, 43% to 41%.

First Read: "The good news for McAuliffe is that he has plenty of room to grow (44% of voters say they're unsure/never heard of him, compared with 32% who say that about Cuccinelli). And the Republican Party is a potential drag for Cuccinelli: The GOP has a 37%-53% fav/unfav rating in the state, versus the Democratic Party's 44%-46% score. Yet so far, before any negative advertising begins, the poll doesn't show the party dragging Cuccinelli down -- his fav/unfav is 42%-27%."














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