McCain Leads Obama, Clinton in Virginia
Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, leads both of his potential Democratic rivals in Virginia, according to poll by Virginia Commonwealth University released today.
The survey, conducted by the school's Center for Public Policy, found that McCain would beat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by 8 points if the election were held today. McCain would get 44 percent of the vote among voters, compared to Obama's 36 percent.
McCain would expand his lead slightly if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is the Democratic nominee. In that match-up, McCain gets 47 percent of the vote among voters while 38 percent would choose Clinton.
"Many political observers have been looking at Virginia as a potentially tight General Election match up," said Cary Funk, director of the Commonwealth Poll. "Despite the recent success of Democratic candidate such as Tim Kaine in 2005 and Jim Webb in 2006, the presidential race in Virginia is at present looking mostly like years gone by."
The poll found that McCain holds a commanding lead over Obama in the rural western part of the state and has a 9-point lead in Tidewater. But Obama has a slight advantage in Northern Virginia and the Richmond area.
McCain has a 10-point lead against Obama among Independents, and the Arizona senator also draws strong support from Republicans and voters older than 65. Obama gets near universal support from African-Americans and has a slight edge among highly-educated voters.
The Commonwealth Poll surveyed 1003 adults, including 852 voters, between May 12 and Sunday.
May 20, 2008; 5:06 PM ET
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