Campaign communication about immigration reform has an effect on voters from a variety of backgrounds. That’s part of the analysis of an exit poll conducted statewide after this week’s vote in Virginia.
With all 2,558 voting precincts now reporting statewide, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Obenshain now holds a thin lead of 476 votes. That breaks down to 49.91% for Obenshain and 49.88% for Democrat Mark Herring.
Current Governor Bob McDonnell won the state attorney general’s race in 2005 by a margin of only 323 votes after an automatic recount. The Herring-Obenshain race is headed for a recount as well following an immediate canvassing of the vote.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has broken a streak of nine straight elections in which the party occupying the White House lost the Virginia governor’s race. McAuliffe squeaked past Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percent of the vote, a much lower showing than most polls had predicted going into yesterday’s election.