New Poll Gives McAuliffe Big Lead in Virginia (PBS Newshour)

PBS Newshour With one week to go until Election Day in Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has expanded his lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, turning what was expected to be the most competitive race of the 2013 off-year election cycle into a potential rout.

The latest Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll released Monday found McAuliffe with a 12-point advantage over Cuccinelli, 51 percent to 39 percent, up from eight points last month. Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis received 8 percent in the survey.

In the final stretch McAuliffe has been joined on the trail by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and he is currently in the midst of a four-day, nine-stop swing through the Commonwealth with former President Bill Clinton. The McAuliffe campaign announced late Monday that President Barack Obama would stump for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate this Sunday in Northern Virginia.

"There's an old saying in politics that victory has a thousand fathers," University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth recently told the NewsHour. "And a lot of people are starting to claim that they're parents of Terry McAuliffe, that they want credit for his victory."

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