WaPo poll: Cuccinelli pulling into an early lead in Virginia

posted at 6:31 pm on May 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It’s still early yet, but at the last count, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe were basically neck-and-neck in 2013′s only competitive gubernatorial contest, with a lot of Virginians still pretty much unfamiliar with/uninterested in the race so far. In the latest Washington Post poll, however, things might be starting to shift ever so slightly, and in Cuccinelli’s direction:

Six months before Election Day, Cuccinelli (R) has a slender 46 to 41 percent edge over McAuliffe (D) among all Virginia voters and a significant 51 to 41 percent lead among those who say they’re certain to cast ballots in November. But those numbers may change before then: The poll found that barely 10 percent say they are following the campaign “very closely” and that nearly half of the electorate says they’re either undecided or could change their minds. …

Having never held office, McAuliffe is the lesser-known quantity in this year’s contest, giving both sides the opportunity to try to define him in coming months. Fully 70 percent of Virginia voters say they know “just a little” or “nothing at all” about him or his qualifications to be governor. Even 65 percent of Democrats know little about the party’s nominee.

There is also broad uncertainty about Cuccinelli — 52 percent of voters say they know little about his qualifications — but the public continues to give a more positive than negative assessment of his work as attorney general. About 54 percent of voters say that he has “high personal moral and ethical standards,” about triple the number saying that he does not.

The biggest takeaway is probably that most Virginians still have yet to start paying much attention, but Cuccinelli already has very staunch support from the GOP base while McAuliffe is still more of an unknown and is currently underperforming with the Democratic constituencies that helped President Obama take the commonwealth in 2008 and 2012.

There’s still plenty of purplish public opinion for the taking, and both campaigns are all set to get things going in earnest; each camp got their first television ads rolling this past week, and McAuliffe started his campaign-trailing today, kicking things off in Norfolk:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe officially starts his campaign this week with a series of public events in which he will discuss a variety of policy issues. The businessman will talk about transportation Sunday at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk.

Then on Monday, McAuliffe will join U.S. Senator Tim Kaine at an event in Richmond, where the two will discuss community colleges. He’ll also appear at events in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.


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I don’t know how anyone could vote for McAuliffe. He just come across as a lying creep. Always has.

KCB on May 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

the polling is misleading in this case – Cuccinelli’s lead is not that big. Basically, it doesn’t fully account for the likely 90%+ Dem performance by African-American voters. However, the fact that he’s cleared 50% in a survey of likely voters is a very good sign.

Robert_Paulson on May 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I don’t know how anyone could vote for McAuliffe. He just come across as a lying creep. Always has.

KCB on May 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

He has a bigger problem than Romney.

Zero likability.

Romney was actually a good guy but too rich and couldn’t relate to normal humans.

McAulliffe is an a-hole and flaunts it.

tetriskid on May 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Even 65 percent of Democrats know little about the party’s nominee.

I guess all those years pimping for Bubba just have not paid off in Virginia.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Republican developing a lead:

slender 46 to 41 percent edge

If the dem were leading you would see:

is developing a significant early 46 to 41 percent edge

AZfederalist on May 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Elections are IQ tests these days.

beatcanvas on May 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

i always thought he would be in politics, but more like Carville. Carville couldn’t get elected dog catcher, but he is a good strategist.

KCB on May 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Good

McAuliffe is corrupt beyond description.

darwin on May 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

If it’s close, Dem fraud will win the day.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

WaPo poll: Cuccinelli pulling into an early lead in Virginia

Must be his impressive record as state AG of losing case after case due to his shameless grandstanding and general lack of competence.

righty45 on May 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Maybe McAuliffe will say “he can go back to Italy”.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

But I thought CONSERVATIVES CAN’T WIN, so that is why the Republican Party has to be a progressive wannabe party. Huh Karl Rove, I guess you might be wrong again.

BroncosRock on May 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Golly, you mean Virginians might not be enthused about guys that abandon their wives while they’re giving birth, or who lecture anesthetists about the need for universal healthcare while they try to do their job?

Whodathunkit!

I admire Cuccinelli, and fully expect to be voting for him in the gubernatorial election. His record of being a man of character who stands on principle should help draw stark contrast with the likes of McAuliffe.

Stoic Patriot on May 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

The Democratic leadership has really blown it on the gun control issue. If it wasn’t bad enough with the government spending and immigration issues, they have pushed quite a few off their bandwagon with the gun control issue. We are seeing in the MA special election for Senate where Independent voters are leaning Republican 2:1 and there are a lot of lifelong Democrats who are seriously upset over the “progressive” wing of the party taking over on the gun issue.

The Democrats have misread a 3 point win for the Presidency as some sort of massive mandate. They have overreached and now they are going to suffer the backlash.

crosspatch on May 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Imagine what this Benedict Arnold would say if Cruz were a leftist.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

On the other hand, watch out.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

On the other hand, watch out.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I saw that earlier. Carville looks like a sniveling weasle, but he is smart.

KCB on May 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Kenneth Cuccinelli is a challenge for me. He’s a great pol. He is willing to make waves and be accountable. He reminds me of Rick Perry just smarter and not a lush.

I just wish he hadn’t gone all ultrasound.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Imagine what this Benedict Arnold would say if Cruz were a leftist.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Wow. Bill Richardson sounds as ethnically-bigoted as you. Thanks for the link.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

In an off-year election enthusiasm/anger is important. . . and it ain’t going to be on the Democrats’ side.

WannabeAnglican on May 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I just wish he hadn’t gone all ultrasound.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

That’s why nobody should count McAuliffe out. I know several reliable GOP voting women who say they’ll never vote for Ken.

This race is going to be tighter than you think. And the Star Scientific / Johnny Williams crap isn’t helping Cuch at all.

BacaDog on May 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

WaPo poll: Cuccinelli pulling into an early lead in Virginia

TOO GOOD TO CHECK !

petefrt on May 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

This race is going to be tighter than you think. And the Star Scientific / Johnny Williams crap isn’t helping Cuch at all.

BacaDog on May 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Also TM is a dirty, dirty Clinton dog who knows how to sling it with the best. He’s playing tame for now. But I can only imagine the War on Women ads on deck.

Conservative women are a fierce lot these days. Don’t expect them to go easy on Kuch.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

That’s why nobody should count McAuliffe out. I know several reliable GOP voting women who say they’ll never vote for Ken.
This race is going to be tighter than you think. And the Star Scientific / Johnny Williams crap isn’t helping Cuch at all.

BacaDog on May 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

The ultrasound law was an idiotic idea, but it really wasn’t all that big of a deal. Virginia abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood admitted that these ultrasounds were done anyways as procedure to date the pregnancy before an abortion to make sure that laws are being followed and the woman isn’t being put in unnecessary danger. Considering how deregulated the abortion industry has been found, any laws that help make sure that abortion providers are sticking to procedure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

melle1228 on May 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Cruz isn’t Hispanic enough??? Which sounds more Hispanic: Richardson or Cruz?

Evidently, women, Hispanics, blacks and gays are not women, Hispanics, blacks and gays unless they are 100% Leftists. They are like the Mischling Jews in Nazi Germany.

The Left: Back to ‘one-drop rule’ and ‘he’s not X enough because he isn’t down with the struggle.’

Resist We Much on May 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Sunday Photo Essay…

The World’s Largest Hotel, Which Has Never Had One Guest: KdF Prora, The Mein Kampf Summer Resort

Resist We Much on May 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Right here is the proof that the Nazis were indeed socialists.

Gelsomina on May 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

The media isn’t involved yet.

Then, Bill Clinton will bring the thunder to VA. The thing is McAuliffe’s to lose, basically.

Moesart on May 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Yeah, slimy doesn’t play well in VA. This really is Cooch’s race to lose. If he doesn’t scare away the suburban upper middle class vote, he’ll be just fine.

Punchenko on May 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Add in the felons, illegal aliens, dead, multiple voters, welfare queens, government workers and the ever present missing military as well as a few truckloads of missing ballots and you have a 5 point win for this vermin communist.

acyl72 on May 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Who did Mexico take the land from?

JellyToast on May 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

The Dems won’t be motivated to cheat for McAuliffe like they did for Obama.

Six months to go and much drama developing, but this is promising.

22044 on May 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The ultrasound law was an idiotic idea, but it really wasn’t all that big of a deal. Virginia abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood admitted that these ultrasounds were done anyways as procedure to date the pregnancy before an abortion to make sure that laws are being followed and the woman isn’t being put in unnecessary danger. Considering how deregulated the abortion industry has been found, any laws that help make sure that abortion providers are sticking to procedure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

melle1228 on May 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

You clown. How can an idiotic idea be a small deal? Are you willing to accept that standard? It sounds like your spouse has.

It was idiotic precisely because Kuch has no business telling women what to shove up their cooters. It’s that simple. That you minimize this kinda confirms something I’ve thought about you.

You are fit to be pitied.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Democrat Terry McAuliffe officially starts his campaign this week with a series of public events

…starting from…the birthing room?

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

You clown. How can an idiotic idea be a small deal? Are you willing to accept that standard? It sounds like your spouse has.

It was idiotic precisely because Kuch has no business telling women what to shove up their cooters. It’s that simple. That you minimize this kinda confirms something I’ve thought about you.

You are fit to be pitied.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

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I know you have a hard on for me, but you seem to have reading comprehension as well. I said the bill was idiotic, but it wasn’t forcing anything, because the clinics did the damn ultrasound as a standard procedure anyways because they needed to date the pregnancy. SO even if there wasn’t a law, a doctor would have to stick something up someones “cooter” in order to perform an even more invasive procedure as a matter of medical expediency.

I don’t know if you have been paying attention to current events, but one of the issues with the Gosnell trial was the “dating” of the pregnancy. Dating of pregnancy is a must for an abortion. How you perform the abortion is dependent on the date of the pregnancy. And based on the problem with abortion and the fact that the clinics have not been inspected or even regulated, any procedure that makes the woman safer is a boon.

melle1228 on May 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

It’s time for HIllary to show us all how popular she is and go in there and pull her flack over the finish line.

ddrintn on May 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Let’s pray he doesn’t say “macaca” or use any word the Post can blow up. Virginia is beginning to scare me, they just keep on electing Democrats when common sense says they aren’t worthy of the votes.

bflat879 on May 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

You clown. How can an idiotic idea be a small deal? Are you willing to accept that standard? It sounds like your spouse has.

It was idiotic precisely because Kuch has no business telling women what to shove up their cooters. It’s that simple. That you minimize this kinda confirms something I’ve thought about you.

You are fit to be pitied.

Capitalist Hog

Your hyperbolic faux outrage is duly noted. The little baby girls destined for dismemberment desperately wish you had as much concern for items being shoved into their bodies. A little ultrasound is a small price to pay for a free pass to commit murder.

xblade on May 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Wow. Bill Richardson sounds as ethnically-bigoted as you. Thanks for the link.

Capitalist Hog on May 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

To call you and obtuse fool w/b redundant.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

any procedure that makes the woman safer is a boon.

melle1228 on May 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

This is the most liberal position you could possibly take on any issue. You may as well say “it’s for the children.” I love it when you phonies get caught lying about (or not even understanding) your beliefs.

I actually feel bad for you being so stupid. You don’t even know what you believe. Thank you for the laughs you twit.

You sap. You’re an evangelical who believes that your God trumps my citizenship. You’re not conservative. You’re evangelical. You impose your beliefs on any person or group who doesn’t live by your staid, phony standard.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

A little ultrasound is a small price to pay for a free pass to commit murder.

xblade on May 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Oh look, another citizen who puts their religion before citizens’ rights.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Oh look, another citizen who puts their religion before citizens’ rights.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Religion? Maybe some of us just put the right to life of the unborn before the convenience of the mother.

Othniel on May 6, 2013 at 1:29 AM

It’s time for HIllary to show us all how popular she is and go in there and pull her flack over the finish line.

ddrintn on May 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Stole my post…

Wild horses couldn’t drag Hillary into Virginia before the election…

Bubba, on the other hand, will be there for the photo ops and self-legacy building…

Khun Joe on May 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Religion? Maybe some of us just put the right to life of the unborn before the convenience of the mother.

Othniel on May 6, 2013 at 1:29 AM

I respect that as long as you’re willing to admit that religion is the backbone of your politics. (I bet you think pot should remained criminalized too.) You have no sense of your rights because your religious code disallows personal-freedom.

Like I said I think KC is a pol to watch. He knows his boundaries and how to slowly stretch them to move his margins and expand his platform. He just caught too many Tea Party vapors last election-cycle.

Republican women don’t want a $5 footlong shoved up inside of them in order to qualify for a medical procedure. The redundant-procedure is meant to humiliate; it is not necessary.

Protecting unborns’ rights to life is the most important mission. But if you’re not willing to consider their future-rights now then why fight to keep them alive? That is a hard and challenging truth.

As a Christian I expect you to choose your religious code over your civic duty. Luckily civic-duty comports with Christian duty.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Hog, this reactionary freak out of yours is really sad.

Edith Stifle on May 6, 2013 at 2:46 AM

who are all these Republican women who are flocking to the abortion clinic? And why are you assuming that to be pro-life means you are religious? There are agnostic and atheists on this site who are pro-life. You know this.

Edith Stifle on May 6, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Wow..you’re a sad ignorant little phuck. Ron Paul groupie?

HumpBot Salvation on May 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

This is the most liberal position you could possibly take on any issue. You may as well say “it’s for the children.” I love it when you phonies get caught lying about (or not even understanding) your beliefs.

I actually feel bad for you being so stupid. You don’t even know what you believe. Thank you for the laughs you twit.

You sap. You’re an evangelical who believes that your God trumps my citizenship. You’re not conservative. You’re evangelical. You impose your beliefs on any person or group who doesn’t live by your staid, phony standard.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 12:53 AM

You are such a dumb a$$.. I am agnostic. Maybe instead of attacking someone; you could come up with an actual counter-argument.

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Republican women don’t want a $5 footlong shoved up inside of them in order to qualify for a medical procedure. The redundant-procedure is meant to humiliate; it is not necessary.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

You are really the dumb phuck. The procedure is not redundant. Go out an actually learn something about abortion. In order for an abortion to be perform correctly, the pregnancy must be dated.

Abortion advocates in Virginia have come under heavy criticism for equating the ultrasound legislation there would allow women to see before an abortion to rape. Yet, while abortion backers say having an ultrasound is like getting raped, a 2003 study shows 99% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities do them beforehand.

Published in the medical journal Contraception in 2003, researchers with the pro-abortion group IPAS, the University of North Carolina, a consortium of Planned Parenthood clinics and the National Abortion Federation surveyed staff at 113 Planned Parenthood affiliates and independent abortion businesses between February and April 2000.

Vaginal ultrasound was always performed before the early surgical abortion at 59 (83%) sites, under certain conditions at 11 (16%) sites, and never at one (1%) site,” the study noted. “Vaginal ultrasound was always performed after early surgical abortion at 18 (26%) sites, under certain conditions at 46 (66%) sites, and never at 6 (8%) sites

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/22/planned-parenthood-rape-myth-debunked-99-do-ultrasounds/

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Republican women don’t want a $5 footlong shoved up inside of them in order to qualify for a medical procedure. The redundant-procedure is meant to humiliate; it is not necessary.

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

I don’t know why anyone argues with you. You insult everyone but have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. The “redundant” procedure is almost ALWAYS performed anyways idiot. It is used to date the pregnancy. Go learn something about abortion and then come back with an actual coherent counter-argument.

Published in the medical journal Contraception in 2003, researchers with the pro-abortion group IPAS, the University of North Carolina, a consortium of Planned Parenthood clinics and the National Abortion Federation surveyed staff at 113 Planned Parenthood affiliates and independent abortion businesses between February and April 2000.

V (edited for hot air filter) ultrasound was always performed before the early surgical abortion at 59 (83%) sites, under certain conditions at 11 (16%) sites, and never at one (1%) site,” the study noted. “V (edited for Hot air filter) ultrasound was always performed after early surgical abortion at 18 (26%) sites, under certain conditions at 46 (66%) sites, and never at 6 (8%) sites

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Capitalist Hog on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

BTW, the Virginia law never specified what type of ultrasound must be used. Obviously “V” ultrasound is used earlier on in the pregnancy,because one done outside wouldn’t pick up as much. And 22 states already have ultrasound pre-abortion laws on the books for the very reason I stated- to make sure that the pregnancy is dated correctly.

The only difference in the Virginia law is the stipulation that the mother can view the baby. If abortion is “prochoice”- I see no reason making it an educated choice for the mother. And if the “fetus” is a clump of cells than seeing it on the ultrasound shouldn’t effect the mother at all. And the procedure was already being done standard at Planned Parenthood in Virginia..

As far as the procedure being done as a form of humiliation, you are really off your rocker. Those types of ultrasounds are done regular for women who want to keep their babies. They are less intrusive than a speculum, and certainly less intrusive than a medical abortion.

You really need to stop being so reactionary and actually learn something..

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Watch what happens when you are NOT a RINO.

He raised taxes to fix roads and y’all turn on him.

You guys have no idea the price the present Gov. Of Virginia will pay for the conservative positions he has taken.

He may not be Ronald Reagan but he ain’t Mitt or McCain, either.

IlikedAUH2O on May 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The rest of this thread is so weird I don’t want to contribute and make it worse.

You think and write so well you should be a pro. If newsrooms ever have affirmative action to get some smart conservatives in, it might be a real improvement for the nation.

Holding my breath…

IlikedAUH2O on May 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

You think and write so well you should be a pro. If newsrooms ever have affirmative action to get some smart conservatives in, it might be a real improvement for the nation.

Holding my breath…

IlikedAUH2O on May 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I appreciate the compliment, but I should really take more time to edit my posts. I type very quickly and very inaccurately, and due to an auto-immune disease; I don’t see well at times. Also, I tend to get heated quickly about things which effects my writings. :)

I truly dislike when someone who professes to be conservative or Republican repeats leftist talking points and doesn’t know what they are talking about. It takes two minutes to do some research to find out that the media lies about this stuff. Again, thank you for the compliment.

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I used to think low information voters were all Democrats until this thread. First of all Cuccinelli is Attorney General not Governor. He does not introduce, produce, or otherwise create any law. The “ultrasound” law was McDonnell’s. In fact, Cuccinelli raised constitutional questions about this law. So how the hell is this in anyway, shape, or form Cuccinelli’s law??? For the love of Pete, before you vote in Virginia, please read some legitimate news sources.

jmell7 on May 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I used to think low information voters were all Democrats until this thread. First of all Cuccinelli is Attorney General not Governor. He does not introduce, produce, or otherwise create any law. The “ultrasound” law was McDonnell’s. In fact, Cuccinelli raised constitutional questions about this law. So how the hell is this in anyway, shape, or form Cuccinelli’s law??? For the love of Pete, before you vote in Virginia, please read some legitimate news sources.

jmell7 on May 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

You’re right. Cuccinelli didn’t take flack for the ultrasound law. He took flack on the fact that he refused to let existing abortion clinics be grandfathered in to new regulation passed “women’s health clinics.”

melle1228 on May 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

jmell7 on May 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Actually Cuccinelli backed the failed bill to ease the ultrasound rule because of constitutional questions. http://css.wpdigital.net/local/va-politics/cuccinelli-backed-failed-bill-to-ease-ultrasound-rule/2013/01/28/fa47f5b8-698f-11e2-ada3-d86a4806d5ee_story_1.html

jmell7 on May 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM