The Virginia senate race to replace retiring Senator James Webb was already likely to be the most highly watched race in the country. Most analysts consider the competition between Democrat Tim Kaine, the former Chair of the DNC, and former Republican Senator George Allen to be a bellweather of how the Presidential race will turn out.
So recent news that the two are in a virtual dead heat has to have both sides feeling the pressure. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that Kaine has 43 percent of registered voters, and Allen has 42 percent, and that Independents are turning for Allen by 46 to 38.
Via the Washington Post:
“Perhaps the only surprising thing about these numbers, given the expectation of a ‘to the finish’ tussle for the Senate, is that one in 10 Virginia voters remains undecided,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Those are the folks who will decide the identity of Virginia’s next U.S. senator.”
Also in a dead heat? Whether or not Barack Obama should be reelected. Voters are currently 47 percent for, 47 percent against. In 2008, Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia in 40 years.
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