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Post Poll: McDonnell's Lead Widens; Deeds Slips in NoVA

Republican Robert F. McDonnell has taken a commanding lead over R. Creigh Deeds in the race for governor of Virginia, as momentum the Democrat had built with an attack on his opponent's conservative social views has dissipated, according to a new Washington Post poll.

McDonnell leads 53 to 44 percent among likely voters, expanding on the four-point lead he held in mid-September. Deeds's advantage with female voters has all but disappeared and McDonnell has grown his already wide margin among independents. Deeds, a state senator from western Virginia, is widely seen by voters as running a negative campaign, a finding that might indicate his aggressive efforts to exploit McDonnell's 20-year-old graduate thesis are turning voters away.

Read the full story and see the raw data.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 8, 2009; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Perhaps the Deeds campaign should start a book club in which his supporters gather around one of their homes and read the polls . . .

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

As Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over 'til it's over".

And it ain't over yet.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 8, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

That's right, BigDaddyD. It ain't over yet.

It can still get worse for Deeds...

Posted by: JTR555 | October 8, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I think the race will tighten up again, just because that's usually what happens at the end of the campaign. But regardless of whether one believes the Post's 9 pt spread or other polls that have the spread in the double digits, that's a big lead with less than a month to go. And what's worse for Deeds is that the spread seems awfully durable. Up 'til now, McD's margin has survived several things that might well have derailed other campaigns. I think the Deeds people are beginning to discover what it was like to be a McCain backer a year ago - the ammo ain't making a dent.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This poll reflects the persuasive independant and fiscally conservative view that Bob McDonnell is the better choice for Virginia. The average taxpayer in Virginia has suffered a personal financial loss in their savings and purchasing power. Bob McDonnell has the better economic plan for Virginia. He will win in November. Congress and the White House should take notice.

Posted by: alexandrabourne | October 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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