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Deeds, McDonnell in Tight Race Already

Rosalind Helderman

Another day, another new poll suggesting that the general election campaign kicks off with two pretty evenly matched opponents.

Today's numbers come from Daily Kos/Research 2000 and, like other polls the Post typically blogs about, used live callers to interview voters. Their sample was 600 and they called from June 15 to 17, so definitely after the primary.

What did they come up with? Bob McDonnell 45 percent, Creigh Deeds 44 percent. That's about as tied as polls come, particularly given that this one comes with a 4 percent margin of error.

With key independents, the poll shows much the same thing--McDonnell 47, Deeds 44. It shows Deeds far ahead in Northern Virginia, McDonnell far ahead in the rest of Virginia.

McDonnell edges Deeds on favorable ratings. He received favorable or very favorable marks from 55 percent of those polled and unfavorable or very unfavorable marks from 36 percent. Deeds, meanwhile, received 55/36 on the same scorecard. (President Obama, meanwhile, was 56/41.)

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 18, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Uh, your post is incorrect. McDonnell is 55/36.

Deeds is only 47/35.

Posted by: JTR555 | June 18, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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