Story by Chris Graham
Democrat Tom Perriello has cut into Republican Virgil Goode’s lead in the Fifth District congressional race, narrowing what had been a 34-point lead two months ago to 13 in a poll released today by Survey USA.
The new poll, conducted for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, has Goode at 55 percent and Perriello at 42 percent.
An August Survey USA poll had Goode ahead of Perriello by a 64 percent-to-30 percent margin.
Perriello spokesperson Jessica Barba attributed the narrowing to a recent run of negative TV ads by the Goode campaign.
“The reason we are gaining support is because Tom Perriello is offering real solutions on the economy, gas prices, and health care, when all we’ve seen from Congressman Goode is lies, false attacks, and ducking debates,” Barba said. “Rep. Goode has begun to air extremely negative and offensive ads that have drawn condemnation from the public and the media, with the Roanoke Times even calling for Goode to drop it. Congressman Goode is losing voters, and we are on the path to victory.”