Poll Shows Deeds Closing the Gap

A new poll out today shows Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds trailing Republican Bob McDonnell by a smaller margin than one month ago.

The survey, conducted over the weekend, shows McDonnell ahead 49-42. The Republican nominee led by 14 points in a similar poll conducted a month ago.

McDonnell still has a hefty lead among Independents, though.

Eighty-six percent of those questioned said they are “solidly committed” to their choice for governor.

It’s important to point out that only one day of polling was conducted after The Washington Post reported on McDonnell’s controversial Master’s thesis. It’ll be interesting to see how that issue plays out in future surveys, now that the document has garnered gobs of attention, both in the Commonwealth and nationally.

In downballot races, the polls shows Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling leading Democratic challenger Jody Wagner 46-40. In the contest for attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli (R) is way ahead of Steve Shannon (D) 48-35.

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