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Gerry Connolly Claims Big Lead Over Leslie Byrne

by @ 7:15 am on April 10, 2008. Filed under 2008 VA-11 Race, Gerry Connolly, Leslie Byrne, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Fairfax BOCS Chairman released another internal poll showing him with a huge lead over Leslie Byrne:

New polling by Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly continues to show him with a significant lead over Leslie L. Byrne in the race for the 11th District Democratic Congressional nomination.

The poll of likely Democratic primary voters, first reported yesterday by the Congressional newspaper The Hill, had Connolly ahead of Byrne by a 20-point margin, 45-25. That is just slightly below the 23-point spread Connolly claimed in a January poll. Both surveys were conducted by Lake Research Partners.

It shows two other opponents, Doug Denneny and Lori Alexander, trailing far behind with one percent each.

The latest poll reports a strong job approval rating for Connolly, with 61 percent of voters crediting him with an “excellent” or “good” performance. The Connolly survey placed Byrne’s voter rating for her single term in Congress (1993-95) at 41 percent “excellent” or “good.”

Byrne campaign manager Joe Fox dismissed the poll, and said his research still shows Byrne leading by about 10 points. “Their numbers didn’t make sense a month ago, and they don’t make any sense now,” said Fox, referring to the January Connolly survey.

Sounds like this is going to be a fun little trainwreck.

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