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Virginia voters not tuned in to governor’s race
May 5, 2013, WTOP
By Hank Silverberg

“Democrat Terry McAuliffe will officially kick off his campaign for governor this week with a series of policy speeches across the state. The campaign comes as a new Washington Post poll shows voters have not really begun to follow the race between him and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.”

“The poll found that barely 10 percent of Virginia voters are following the race “closely” and nearly half of the voters are undecided. Seventy percent of the state’s voters know little or nothing at all about McAuliffe, who has never held public office before, and that number includes 65 percent of Democrats. Fifty-two percent of voters say they know little about Cuccinelli’s qualifications for the job.”

“Steve Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, says the results are not surprising. ‘Right now people are much more worried about weddings and college graduations and how to get their summer vacation together,’ he says.”

“The race is drawing intense scrutiny across the country as the lone competitive match-up in November.”

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