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Poll gives Rep. Boucher 13-point lead over Griffith

Ben Pershing

Rep. Rick Boucher (D) has a 13-point lead over state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R) in the 9th congressional district, according to a new independent survey of their race.

The poll, taken by the firm SurveyUSA for WDBJ7 News in Roanoke, gave Boucher 52 percent of the vote to Griffith's 39 percent. Independent candidate Jeremiah Heaton got 5 percent. Boucher has strong leads among women and older voters, while he and Griffith are tied among independents. The full details of the survey are available here.

The 9th district, which covers the southwest portion of the state, leans strongly toward Republicans. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the district by 19 points in the 2008 presidential race. But Boucher has been reelected comfortably for years and he has a 7-to-1 cash advantage over Griffith. Boucher is currently on the air with two positive television ads.

SurveyUSA uses automated dialing and recorded voices to conduct its polls, a practice that is somewhat controversial in the industry. The same firm and television station partnered for a recent poll of the neighboring 5th district that found Rep. Tom Perriello (D) trailing his Republican opponent by 23 points. Perriello's campaign responded by calling SurveyUSA's polls "useless."

By Ben Pershing  |  July 22, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010 , Morgan Griffith , Rick Boucher  
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