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The Problem with Polls
4:32 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Who Will Vote November 5th?

Dr. Bob Holsworth

A week after a Quinnipiac poll had Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a seven-point lead over his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, the poll now says McAuliffe's lead has dwindled by three points. 

Some other polls suggest that the Democrat still has a significant lead over the Republican-with additional surveys saying that his lead is growing.  But one veteran political expert says the variation has a lot to do with who comes out to vote on election day.

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Part 3 in a Series
4:24 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Jens Soering: New Turns in Infamous Virginia Case

Since his trial in 1990, former UVA honors student Jens Soering has maintained he did not kill his girlfriend’s parents – a prominent couple from Bedford County, though initially he did confess to the crimes.

But after he was convicted, new information came out, and the German government asked Virginia to send Soering – a German citizen – home.

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Heavy Hitters on the Campaign Trail
2:52 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Get Out the Vote

In an off-year election, when there are no presidential candidates, voter turnout is usually low. 

Polls may give the race to one candidate, but victory could go to another if he or she can get supporters to actually show up and cast a ballot. 

That’s why both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are campaigning this week with their party’s biggest stars. 

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you a great governor, a great leader, a man in the tradition of Ronald Reagan – Governor Bobby Jindal.”

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SCHEV Recommendations
4:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Virginia's Higher Education Budget

Virginia’s colleges and universities may not get all—if any—of the funds they are requesting for news construction projects. 

But the State Council for Higher Education is recommending that lawmakers make maintenance a major priority in the new biennial budget.   The Council is also recommending continued funding of "Top Jobs 21"—a major education initiative started by Governor McDonnell.

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Part 2 in a Series
2:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jens Soering: Doubts, Politics & Possible Parole

Four years ago, then Governor Tim Kaine was talking with the Justice Department about transferring Jens Soering back to his homeland, Germany. 

A jury had found the former UVA honors student guilty of killing his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. 

Jens at first confessed to the crime, then said he did so only to protect the actual killer -- the woman he loved. 

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