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Poll: ‘Too conservative’ Cuccinelli trails McAuliffe by eight

Nearly half of Virginia voters label Ken Cuccinelli “too conservative,” one possible reason the Republican is trailing big in the Virginia governor’s race.

A new Quinnipiac University poll has Cuccinelli behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a 47 percent-to-39 percent margin. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis gets 8 percent of the vote in the race.

McAuliffe’s lead has grown from a Sept. 18 Quinnipiac poll that had him at 44 percent, Cuccinelli at 41 percent and Sarvis at 7 percent.

Forty-six percent of those polled say Cuccinelli is “too conservative,” playing into McAuliffe’s campaign strategy, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“With less than a month to go until Election Day, McAuliffe is doing better among Democrats than Cuccinelli is among Republicans.  McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis are denying Cuccinelli the domination among independents he needs for victory. To get back in the race, Cuccinelli must bring back into the fold Republican defectors and pull in more independent voters – a tough task this far into the campaign,” Brown said.

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