Poll: McDonnell up eight
The 49 percent-to-41 percent lead for McDonnell lines up with recent renderings of the race from Rasmussen, which had McDonnell up 50 percent to 43 percent, and Mason Dixon, which had McDonnell up 49 percent to 41 percent.
The Clarus poll was conducted Sunday and Monday, i.e. immediately following the endorsement of Deeds by the Washington Post.
From the poll’s internals:
- McDonnell leads Deeds among women by one point, 45 percent to 44 percent. The Deeds campaign has famously tried to make the election a referendum on McDonnell’s 1989 grad-school thesis and its criticisms of the role of working women.
- Deeds’ lead over McDonnell in Northern Virginia is at 50 percent to 43 percent. McDonnell leads Deeds in the Valley and Southwest by a 57 percent-to-29 percent margin. Part of the appeal to a Deeds candidacy was to have been his ability to reach out to rural voters in his home region.
- Story by Chris Graham