Friday, September 18, 2009

State of the Race: Virginia Governor (9/18/09)

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Another day, another poll in Virginia. And while the new Daily Kos/Research 2000 survey of likely voters in the Old Dominion does not show as close a race as yesterday's Rasmussen poll, it seems a rather accurate depiction of where the race is currently: McDonnell is around the 50% mark and Deeds support has rebounded some after a summer swoon followed his initial post-primary boost.

2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Race Polling
Margin of Error
Daily Kos/Research 2000
Sept. 14-16, 2009
+/- 4%
600 likely voters

And the underpinnings of the poll are consistent with that "feels accurate" idea in mind. In the survey, McDonnell is doing about ten points better among Republicans than Deeds is doing among Democrats (89-80, respectively), but Deeds still clings to a small advantage among women (and while that margin is not statistically significant, it is likely a better gauge of the true breakdown among women than other recent polls that have shown that sub-race all over the map. The bottom line is that there just isn't that much of a gender gap in this race.). Most importantly, though, McDonnell continues to best Deeds with independents. The margin in the race may have decreased, then, but McDonnell's position near 50% has not changed. The movement is all with Deeds at this point as the Democratic state senator has made a move into the mid-40s in the most recent two polls.

In FHQ's averages, though, Deeds still comes in below that point while McDonnell is just under 50%.

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