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Quinnipiac Poll: McAuliffe has lead on Cuccinelli

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 7:10am  ET

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Ken Cuccinelli speaks with the media during an event. A new poll shows Cuccinelli is behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (WTOP/Kristi King)

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race.

Forty-seven percent of the poll's 1,180 likely voters surveyed Oct. 2-8 favored McAuliffe. Thirty-nine percent supported Cuccinelli and 8 percent supported Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus-or-minus 2.9 percentage points.

The poll showed McAuliffe with a wide margin among women voters, who favored him to Cuccinelli 54 percent to 34 percent with 7 percent for Sarvis.

By nearly a 3-to-1 ratio, respondents opposed shutting down the federal government to block the federal health care law. Yet 58 percent said they were not personally inconvenienced by the shutdown.


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