In the last Rasmussen Reports poll on the Virginia Governor’s Race, Bob McDonnell held a slim two points over Creigh Deeds. In a new poll released today, though, McDonnell has a convincing nine point lead in the race:
Republican Robert F. McDonnell has bounced back to a nine-point lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in the race to become Virginia’s next governor.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds McDonnell attracting 51% of the vote while Deeds picks up 42%.
Over the past two weeks, McDonnell’s support has gone up three percentage points while Deeds has lost four points. After closing to essentially a toss-up in mid-September, the race is back to where it was in early September, when the GOP hopeful held a nine-point advantage. In August, McDonnell was up by eight.
All of those figures include “leaners.” Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate
McDonnell’s lead at this time is essentially the same with and without leaners.
McDonnell holds a wide lead among unaffiliated voters. Both candidates draw strong support from within their own party.
Combined with the SurveyUSA poll I noted earlier today, this would seem to indicate that the race has started to swing into McDonnell’s favor.
Barring something dramatic over the next month, I think we’re going to see Republicans sweep all three statewide offices here in Virginia in November.