Oct 27, 2009

Polls predict future leaders

by Matthew Coleman

With one week left in the race to Richmond, polls are predicting that the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general may soon be moving into the state capitol.

In the gubernatorial race, Republican candidate Bob McDonnell currently leads Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds by seven points, according to a poll by the Washington Post. Other estimates, such as the poll conducted by surveyusa.com, give McDonnell a 19-point lead.

Election day is right around the corner, and these numbers pose a daunting gap for Deeds to close, and provide McDonnell with some breathing room.

McDonnell’s positive outlook in the polls is probably due to Virginians’ reaction to health care reform and the tax hikes required to pay for it. McDonnell is an outspoken opponent of health care reform, and he is generally opposed to tax increases.
Many constituents also support McDonnell, because he wants to improve Virginia’s transportation system without imposing tax hikes, according to the Washington Examiner.

“The worst thing you can do during a recession is try to tax yourself to prosperity,” McDonnell said on bobmcdonnell.com.

McDonnell has also taken a firm stance against abortion and gay marriage. In addition to his voting record showing that he supports conservative values, he is also an advocate for off-shore drilling as a way to provide another energy source for Virginians while funding research for new, cleaner energy, according to bobmcdonnell.com.

Polls are predicting that the incumbent Republican lieutenant governor candidate, Bill Bolling, will probably be joining McDonnell in Richmond. Bolling has a 14-point lead over Democratic candidate Judy Wagner, according to usapolls.com

However, polls are showing that the race for attorney general is separated by a narrower margin than the other elections. Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is leading Steve Shannon by five points.

Contact Matthew Coleman at mcoleman@liberty.edu.

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