State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) and businessman Terry McAuliffe (D) are essentially tied in the Virginia governor’s race, a new survey finds, even if Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) decides to enter the contest as an Independent.
The Quinnipiac University poll confirms that the 2013 race will be a competitive and closely-watched affair, the latest piece of evidence that Virginia is a true swing state.
McAuliffe gets 40 percent of registered voters to 39 percent for Cuccinelli in a head-to-head matchup, a result relatively unchanged from a November Quinnipiac survey that gave McAuliffe a narrow 4-point lead. A trial heat in the new poll including Bolling gives him 13 percent and McAuliffe and Cuccinelli 34 percent apiece.
Cuccinelli and McAuliffe are now the lone serious contenders for their respective party nominations, after each man avoided potential challenges.
Cuccinelli has clear sailing to the Republican nod since Bolling decided to drop out of that contest, though he is still publicly mulling the possibility of running as an independent candidate. White House gate-crasher Tareq Salahi also claims to be running for the Republican nomination, but neither party is paying him much mind.