A new poll suggests Terry McAuliffe's lead over Ken Cuccinelli is narrowing in their race to be Virginia's next governor, as Cuccinelli's get out the vote effort seems to be connecting.
Today's Quinnipiac University says McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, has the support of 45 percent of likely voters, versus 41 percent for Cuccinnelli, and says Republican voters are "coming home" to Cuccinelli. Libertarian Robert Sarvis won the support of 9 percent of likely voters.
In its previous poll, a week earlier, Quinnipiac found McAuliffe had a 46 percent to 39 percent lead.
The polls shows a wide gap between men and women. Women favor McAuliffe 50 percent to 37 percent, Men prefer Cuccinelli 45 percent to 39 percent. mcAuliffe is running stonrest with younger voters, with voters under 35 favoring him 53 percent to 45 percent. Hislead is 46 percent to 45 percent with older voters, which is within the poll's margin of error.
Both candidates are disliked.
McAuliffe is favorably viewed by 41 percent of voters, while 46 percent have an unfavorable view. Cuccinelli's favorable rating is 40 percent, with 52 percent having an unfavorable view. But the poll suggests only about a third of voters are making their choice because they dislike the other candidate, a sharply different result from the Washington Post poll earlier this week that gave McAuliffe a 12 percentage point lead.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,182 people, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.