Home 2013 races 2 Days Before VA GOP Convention, It’s McAuliffe 43%-Cuccinelli 38%

2 Days Before VA GOP Convention, It’s McAuliffe 43%-Cuccinelli 38%


With Virginia Tea Partiers and hard-right-wing Republicans set to formally nominate the most right-wing ticket in our state’s history on Saturday, a brand new poll from Quinnipiac University (note: according to Nate Silver, Quinnipiac was more accurate than both PPP and the Washington Post polls in 2012) shows Terry McAuliffe opening up a 5-point lead over Ken Cuccinelli.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a slight 43 – 38 percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race to become Virginia’s next governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.


The McAuliffe-Cuccinelli race has been a tossup since Quinnipiac University began surveying the contest late last year, with a March 27 survey showing Cuccinelli at 40 percent to McAuliffe’s 38 percent, a statistical tie.

So, that’s a 7-point improvement for Terry McAuliffe since March 27 in the Q-Poll. Of course, this is going to be a long, hard-fought, most likely very negative race, but it’s encouraging to see McAuliffe opening up a lead over Cuccinelli, however small. Hopefully, once Virginians really start to focus on how extremist the Tea Party…er, “Republican” ticket will be, they’ll flock in droves to the mainstream/moderate Democratic ticket. Stay tuned…

P.S. In other news, the Q-Poll shows Hillary Clinton absolutely romping in Virginia if she’s the 2016 Democratic nominee, by 13 points over Marco Rubio and by 10 points over Paul Ryan. No wonder why Republicans are pounding away on their Benghazi non-“scandal.” They are terrified of Hillary Clinton and another 8 years of Republicans shut out of the White House. So sad – boo hoo. 🙁

  • FWfromNOVA

    This commercial is making me nuts…I don’t know why anyone would think this was a good ad. It makes Ken look like a p-word who can’t man up and speak for himself, and does nothing to address issues people care about …jobs, education, and transportation. Who cares if Cooch slept in a homeless shelter and what he did in college? It is more than obvious he’s got nothing else to run on. I guarantee that’s why T-Macs numbers are up.

  • From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

    “Women for Terry” Launches With Coalition of Over 400 Women

    Women for Terry, a bipartisan coalition of women in support of Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia launched in Richmond on Thursday. Over 400 women have already signed up to join efforts to inform citizens of the Commonwealth that McAuliffe will protect Virginia’s women’s rights and find mainstream solutions to the problems Virginians care about.

    Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Charniele Herring stressed the importance of November’s election for women in the Commonwealth. “Virginia’s women cannot afford to elect Ken Cuccinelli to be Governor, a man who has made it clear that he is committed to dividing our state by driving an ideological, social agenda,” said Herring. “Cuccinelli tried to ban abortion even in the case of rape or incest and we’ve seen him try to weaken women’s rights by introducing “personhood” legislation that would ban many common forms of birth control like the Pill,” she added.

    The announcement was made at the Greater Richmond Convention Center–the same location the Republican Party of Virginia plans to hold their state convention on Friday and Saturday.

    Katherine Waddell, a former Republican and Independent member of the Virginia House of Delegates, highlighted that McAuliffe will work with both sides of the aisle to help grow the state’s economy, instead of driving an agenda that will divide Virginia. “I know that Terry McAuliffe will work with Democrats, Independents and Republicans to find commonsense solutions to the issues Virginians care about,” she commented.

    Karen Remley, former Health Commissioner of Virginia who resigned last year after Ken Cuccinelli forced the Virginia Board of Health to pass medically unnecessary building code regulations designed shut down women’s health centers closed out the announcement.

    “Over the last year, we have watched medical science and public health take a back seat to political agendas here in the Commonwealth. I personally left a job I loved, because Attorney General Cuccinelli used his position to overreach his authority, placing his personal agenda ahead of thoughtful, objective and fair application of the law,” Remley stated.