The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election. Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November. The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.
On the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Human Rights Campaign and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations are throwing their support behind the three Democrats running for statewide office.
The candidates pledge that upon being elected to office they'll act to reverse certain restrictions on the LGBT community. But other officials say they will also champion the cause regardless of the election’s outcome.
While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.
Virginia’s next election is less than 150 days away, so pollsters in Central Virginia were surprised by their latest findings. But, the winner of the governor’s race is neither Terry McAuliffe nor Ken Cuccinelli.
When Tom Guterbock, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research, looked at the results of 900 phone calls to people in Albemarle and four surrounding counties, he was surprised. This area does tend to vote blue, but the Democratic nominee did not come out on top.