Moran is the only one of the three candidates for the ’09 Democratic Party gubernatorial nomination who would beat presumptive Republican nominee Bob McDonnell in a head-to-head matchup, according to a poll released today by Rasmussen Reports.
Moran, a Northern Virginia state delegate, would beat McDonnell, the sitting attorney general, in a one-on-one 41 percent to 37 percent, according to Rasmussen. Deeds, a Bath County state senator and the 2005 Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee, and McDonnell run neck-and-neck at 39 percent apiece. McDonnell would beat McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and Clinton confidante, 41 percent to 36 percent.
Of interest is how the three candidates fare among only self-identified Democrats. Deeds wins that tally with 55 percent viewing Deeds favorably. McAulife is second among Dems with a 52 percent favorable rating, with Moran third with a 48 percent favorable rating among Democratic voters.
The party nomination will be decided in a primary in June.
– Story by Chris Graham