"If Republican Cuccinelli is elected he would, without question, becomes the nation's most anti-LGBT equality Governor in the country. His views on full equality for LGBT Americans are not conservative but extremist."
A new poll released today by Quinnipiac Polling has sent chills down the spines of LGBT Americans. The poll shows extremist Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli gaining ground on Democrat Terry McAuliffe. There is a real gender gap with McAuliffe leading among women by 13 points and Cuccinelli leading among men by 6 points.
If Republican Cuccinelli is elected he would, without question, becomes the nation's most anti-LGBT equality Governor in the country. His views on full equality for LGBT Americans are not conservative but extremist.
This poll should serve as a wake-up call for progressives in Virginia. Some of them are lukewarm about McAuliffe and my suggestion is they better become 'hot' about him very quickly.
Here is the Quinnipiac report on the race.
The Virginia governor's race is going down to the wire with Democrat Terry McAuliffe clinging to a slight 45 - 41 percent likely voter lead over Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and 9 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to the results of an October 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing McAuliffe up 46 - 39 percent, with Sarvis at 10 percent.
Today's survey shows that if Sarvis were not in the race, McAuliffe would have 47 percent to 45 percent for Cuccinelli, too close to call.
In the three-way matchup, 4 percent of likely voters remain undecided and 7 percent of those who name a candidate say there's a "good chance" they will change their mind in the next six days.
McAuliffe leads 91 - 2 percent among Democrats, with 4 percent for Sarvis, while Cuccinelli leads 86 - 5 percent among Republicans, with 7 percent for Sarvis. Independent voters go to McAuliffe 46 - 31 percent, with 16 percent for Sarvis.
Women back the Democrat 50 - 37 percent, with 7 percent for Sarvis. Men go to Cuccinelli 45 - 39 percent with 11 percent for Sarvis.
"State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is nipping at Terry McAuliffe's heels as the race to be Virginia's next governor enters the final week of the campaign," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It goes without saying that turnout is the key to this race and the harshly negative tone of the campaign is the kind that often turns off voters."
"With the race this close, the final decision by the roughly one in 10 voters who are supporting Libertarian Robert Sarvis has become even more critical. Nationally, third-party candidates often lose support in the end as voters enter the voting booth and back someone they consider the lesser of two evils. Only six in 10 Sarvis supporters say they definitely will vote for him. Almost nine in 10 McAuliffe and Cuccinelli backers are committed.