Poll: Kaine-Allen race still a tossup

Yesterday the news from Public Policy Polling was that Barack Obama had an eight-point lead statewide in his race for re-election.

Today the news is that former Obama vice-president short-lister Tim Kaine is in a dead heat in another PPP survey of Virginians on their preferences for the U.S. Senate.

Kaine holds a nominal 46 percent-45 percent lead over Republican George Allen in the survey. The former governors are both generally in the break-even range in terms of voter favorability (Kaine: 42 percent favorable/37 percent unfavorable, Allen: 38 percent favorable/38 percent unfavorable)

The poll numbers suggest that Kaine might have room to improve his numbers – he is getting support of 77 percent of Democrats (Allen has the support of 83 percent of Republicans), and Kaine holds a 68 percent-21 percent lead among African-American voters, a margin that would seem likely to bulge as we get closer to November.

More online: www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/deadlock-continues-in-va-senate-race.html.


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