NEWPORT NEWS-Tuesday is Election Day and in the race for Virginia governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a 7-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, according to the latest poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
Among likely voters, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 45 percent to 38 percent. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis maintains a significant share of likely voters: 10 percent -- more than two-thirds of whom say they are casting a protest vote against the major-party candidates, said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center.
"The fact that Sarvis continues to poll around 10 percent, coupled with the fact that his supporters are becoming as firm in their decision as the McAuliffe and Cuccinelli voters, suggests that he’s not going to fade,” Kidd stated.
Women voters are a force behind McAuliffe’s lead and he leads 42 percent to 34 percent among Independents.
In the lieutenant governor election, Democrat Ralph Northam has slightly increased his already commanding lead over Republican E.W. Jackson among likely voters, 51 percent to 35 percent. Northam’s lead was 12 points in the Wason Center’s Oct. 15 poll release and 11 points in the Oct. 8 release.
In the contest for attorney general, Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring continue to be in a statistical dead heat.
“The Attorney General’s race is the one we’re likely to stay up late for on Election Night,” Kidd predicted.
The Wason Center surveyed 1,185 registered Virginia voters, including 1,038 likely voters, Oct. 25-30. The total margin of error is +/- 2.9%; the likely voter margin of error is +/-3.0%.