Wednesday, February 11, 2009
McDonnell Starts Campaign For Governor With A Slight Lead
Some good news for dispirited state Republicans can be found in a new Rasmussen poll which gives presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell a slight edge. The polling indicates that McDonnell is running ahead of all three Democratic candidates.
The poll measured possible matchups in the fall election and found that McDonnell leads former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe by seven points, 42 percent to 35 percent, which is two points greater than the five point advantage McDonnell had over McAuliffe in a December poll.
McDonnell plans to resign his position as Attorney General on Feb. 20 to focus on campaigning, and if this poll is to be believed he starts the campaign for Governor with a nine point margin over state Sen. Creigh Deeds D-Bath, 39 percent to 30 percent. The two men, who ran against each other in 2005 for attorney general, were tied two months ago.
Former Alexandria Del. Brian Moran, and perhaps the most liberal Democrat candidate, is closest trailing McDonnell by three points, 39 percent to 36 percent. However this is a change from a December Rasmussen poll, when Moran had a four point lead.