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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Poll Shows Tightening Race in 5th District, Lead for GOP In 2nd

A new poll released today by The Hill Newspaper shows that 2nd District Republican Scott Rigell holds a 42-36 lead over incumbent Glenn Nye.  The surprise is the race between State Senator Robert Hurt and incumbent Democrat Tom Perriello has tightened to 1 point, 45-44.  Perriello has trailed badly for most of the race up to now by as many as 16 points.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that while the new numbers are good news to the embattled Perriello, he has a serious hill that he must climb:

An added complication for Perriello is that in his district, 80 percent of Republicans say they are “very passionate” about voting, versus 68 percent of Democrats feeling that way.
But The Hill poll also found this:

Despite some ominous signs for Democrats in Perriello’s district, he’s one of the incumbents in this group who shows clear signs of strength. Perriello is one of the only freshman Democrats who leads his Republican challenger among male voters — 46 percent to 45.
The poll has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

The old saying that "it's not over till it's over certainly is playing out in this year's election.

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