Friday, May 13, 2011

Virginia Senate Race Close

From: Richmond Times Dispatch

A new poll shows that former Democratic National Committee Chairman Timothy M. Kaine and Republican George Allen are about even in Virginia's 2012 U.S. Senate race.

The Public Policy Polling survey of 547 Virginia voters conducted May 5-8 shows Kaine with 46 percent of the vote to Allen's 44 percent. But the difference is well within the poll's 4.2 percentage point margin of error.

A Washington Post poll released over the weekend showed the two former governors tied with 46 percent each.

The Post poll showed Kaine lagging 10 points behind Allen with independent voters. But the PPP poll said that Kaine has a 45-40 advantage with independents.

Voters are closely divided in their feelings about both in the Public Policy survey, with 42 percent having a favorable opinion of Kaine to 41 percent with an unfavorable one. For Allen, 36 percent had a favorable opinion compared to 42 percent unfavorable.

If tea-party candidate Jamie Radtke were able to knock off Allen in the GOP primary, the poll shows Kaine leading her handily at 49 percent to 33 percent.

If Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-3rd, was to enter the race and topple Kaine for the Democratic nomination, the poll shows Allen besting him 44-39.

And if the stars align and Scott and Radtke both win the nominations? Scott edges her 39-34, according to the poll.

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