Kerry Leading the Pack in VA

(Richmond-AP) - John Kerry's strong start in the Democratic primaries is giving him a leg up on his challengers leading up to Tuesday's primary.

A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research for news outlets in the state found that 34-percent of respondents support the Massachusetts Senator.

That gives him a statistical edge over John Edwards, second among those surveyed with 25-percent support, and number three Wesley Clark, favored by 14-percent.

Former front-runner Howard Dean is skipping Virginia to concentrate on the Wisconsin primary, and the lack of interest appears to be reciprocal.

Dean had the support of only eight-percent of those surveyed.

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