RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe about even and neither very popular in a new statewide poll, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis is gleaning enough support to affect the Virginia governor's race.
Quinnipiac University's poll shows McAuliffe favored by 44 percent of 1,005 likely voters, Cuccinelli with 41 percent and little-known Libertarian Sarvis with 7 percent. The results for the major party candidates are within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The last third-party or independent Virginia gubernatorial candidate, former state Sen. Russ Potts, got just 2 percent of the vote in 2005.
Thirty-eight percent viewed McAuliffe favorably and the same share viewed him unfavorably. Fifty-one percent held an unfavorable opinion of Cuccinelli to 34 percent who saw him favorably.