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GOP poll shows Nye trailing in 2nd district

Ben Pershing

A survey conducted for Rep. Glenn Nye's opponent shows the freshman Democrat trailing in his reelection race.

Auto dealer Scott Rigell (R) leads Nye, 41 percent to 35 percent, according to the poll, which was taken for Rigell's campaign June 14-15 by Public Opinion Strategies. Kenny Golden, a former chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party now running as an independent, earned 4 percent.

The poll is the first to be publicly released in the 2nd district race since Rigell escaped a crowded and hard-fought Republican primary, beating five other candidates with 40 percent of the vote on June 8th.

Though Rigell took flak from the other Republican hopefuls, the GOP establishment in Washington and Richmond has been backing him for months and is now focused on unseating Nye, whom Republicans consider one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress. Nye has sought to reflect the views of his conservative-leaning district, voting against President Obama's health-care plan and the "cap and trade" energy bill. But the current anti-incumbent climate still presents a challenge to the Democrat.

"Sixty-three percent of 2nd District voters believe the country is headed off on the wrong track, 68 percent disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, and the President's job approval rating is a net negative: 44 percent approve - 51 percent disapprove," Patrick Lanne, Rigell's pollster, wrote in a memo outlining the survey results.

The poll also found that Nye had a 45 percent favorable, 31 percent unfavorable rating, and that only 33 percent of respondents wanted to re-elect Nye versus giving someone else a chance.

Not having faced a primary, Nye is only just now revving up his campaign apparatus. His Web site appears not to have been updated this year. But he is in a strong financial position. Nye had $1.1 million in his campaign account as of late April, while Rigell -- who is personally wealthy -- reported having $285,000 in the bank as of May 19.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Glenn Nye , Scott Rigell  
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Going to be a tough November for Nye.

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