The two likely major party nominees in Virginia's gubernatorial race are running neck-and-neck although one-third of voters in the Commonwealth have not made up their minds, according to a poll released Wednesday.
In the latest survey from Christopher Newport University, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, claimed a statistically insignificant lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 31 percent to 30 percent. The poll showed that 33 percent of registered voters in Virginia are undecided, an indication that the campaign is still very much in the early stages.
When Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling was added to the hypothetical race, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli each picked up 27 percent. Bolling, who has floated the idea of running as an independent after opting not to participate in the GOP nomination contest, claimed the support of nine percent.
CNU conducted the poll Jan. 14-20 using live telephone and cell phone interviews with 1,015 registered voters in Virginia. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.