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Let's take a quick and dirty look at the Virginia governors race, where today Public Policy Polling released a new poll. Again, this race is in wait-and-see mode at the moment. While the PPP poll was in the field for part of the post-thesis revelation period over the weekend, the full backlash/reaction to it could not have been fully incorporated yet.
|2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Race Polling|
|Poll||Date||Margin of Error||Sample||Deeds||McDonnell||Undecided|
|Public Policy Polling [pdf]||Aug. 28-31, 2009||+/- 4%||596 likely voters||42||49||9|
Even still, there are some interesting numbers to take note of in this poll. For starters, McDonnell's 14 point edge in the PPP poll a month ago has been halved and coincidentally, that matches the decrease in McCain voters in the sample from July to August. So not only is McDonnell's lead down to seven (actually Deeds gained more than McDonnell lost), but the composition of this month's sample is down from +11 for McCain in July to +4 in August. And recall, this is a state Obama turned blue in 2008, winning by seven points. The extent to which McCain voters dominate these polls then really drives home the presence of an enthusiasm gap in this race. Republicans have the edge there, but as I stated yesterday, this thesis matter has the potential to help close that gap by activating Democrats and moving independents (who by the way are favoring McDonnell by a 2:1 margin in this poll) into, if not the Deeds column, then into the undecided column.
For the time being, though, this race is in neutral at least according to FHQ's graduated weighted average. The poll did little to move the needle and in fact pulled the average into pretty close alignment with it. The next polls will tell the tale on where this race will be going for the next little bit or the rest of the race.
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