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Poll: Hurt has big early lead over Perriello

Republicans need the Fifth District to take back control of Congress. The Fifth appears to be the GOP’s for the taking, according to a Survey USA poll released on Tuesday.

The poll has Republican challenger Robert Hurt leading Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello by a 58 percent-to-35 percent margin. Independent Jeffrey Clark polls 4 percent.

Hurt, a state senator from Danville, leads in most of the major demographic areas – among meny by a 19-point gap, among women by 26 points, among independents by 11, and even among the 18-34 cohort that was key to Perriello’s success in 2008 by a whopping 32 points.

Perriello didn’t poll well in his ’08 upset of GOP incumbent Virgil Goode, trailing by as many as 35 points as late as August in one Survey USA poll before knocking off Goode by 727 votes on Election Day.

Link to the poll internals: here.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at