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PPP: Warner would be heavy favorite in 2013

There has been talk about the possible interest of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in running for a second term as governor of Virginia in 2013.

A new Public Policy Polling survey of Virginia voters puts Warner as a heavy favorite in ’13 if he were to make that call.

Warner outpolls Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by a 53 percent-to-33 percent margin and outpolls Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling by a 53 percent-to-32 percent margin.

Warner’s strength continues to be his cross-party appeal. He has a 52 percent approval rating among all voters, with only 26 percent expressing disapproval, and he would take 13 percent of the Republican vote away from either of his possible GOP rivals.

The same polling has Cuccinelli still as the overwhelming favorite for the Republican nomination, leading Bolling by a 51 percent-to-23 percent margin.

Cuccinelli, interestingly, would trail Democrats Terry McAuliffe (41 percent-36 percent) and Tom Perriello (39 percent-36 percent) in 2013 matchups, while Bolling would lead both, though nominally (McAuliffe by two points and Perriello by one).

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