McAuliffe and Youngkin in virtual tie in Virginia governor’s race, VCU poll shows

Virginia Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A new statewide poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin in a virtual tie in the Virginia governor’s race, but nearly a quarter of voters remain undecided or are unwilling to vote for either candidate.

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The poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs found 40% of likely voters would pick McAuliffe and 37% would vote for Youngkin. Voters surveyed were not set on who they would choose, with 23% remaining undecided or not willing to vote for either McAuliffe or Youngkin.

The VCU survey, done through phone interviews with 823 adults from Aug. 4-15, had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points. Third-party candidate Princess Blanding was not included in the poll.

All three Democratic statewide candidates are leading their Republican opponents ahead of the Nov. 2 general election, according to the poll.

The only incumbent running in Virginia’s statewide elections, Attorney General Mark Herring, has the largest gap from his Republican rival. Herring, who is seeking a third term, has support from 40% of registered voters and 41% of likely voters. Thirty percent of voters said they would back Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach), who won the GOP nomination in May, in the attorney general’s race.

Among likely voters, 19% said they were unwilling to vote for either candidate for attorney general and 10% remain undecided.

When asked if the election for Virginia lieutenant governor would be held today, 39% of likely voters said they would vote for Del. Hala Ayala (D-Prince William) and 31% would support Winsome Sears. In this race, 12% of likely voters did not know who they would vote for and 17% said they would not vote for Ayala or Sears, according to the poll.

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