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Democratic race for Governor up for grabs

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It is early, but a new poll just released gives all three Democratic candidates for Governor reason to stay in the fight. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling. Of the close to 1000 self-indentified democratic voters the poll questioned, 18% picked Terry McAuliffe and another 18% said Brian Moran. Creigh Deeds was not far behind with 11%. With support for not one of the three candidates even breaking the 20% threshold there is an ocean of voters (53%) who have yet to make up their mind.  

What the poll seems to indicate the most is that the race for governor is not on the minds of many voters. A large number of respondents didn’t have an opinion of any of the candidates. McAuliffe seemed to be the most well known, but still 47% said they weren’t sure if they liked him or not. 57% had no opinion of Moran and 67% did not know enough about Deeds. 

Perhaps the most telling part of the poll are the questions they asked that had nothing to do about the candidates themselves, but about the race for Governor and the issues people felt were important. Overwhelmingly voters said that the economy should be the top concern for the next Governor. In fact while 71% said the economy and jobs were their number one issue, nothing else even broke the 10% mark. Not taxes, not education, not even the war in iraq. 

The full results of the poll can be found here.

Written by Ryan Nobles

February 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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