Virginia's Governor Race: Too Close for Comfort


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - A Quinnipiac University poll, released today, shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe clinging to a four-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, within the poll's margin of error.

Political science professor Dr. Laura van Assendelft said it is now a race to see who can get more voters to show up Tuesday. State Board of Election statistics show only 40 percent of those registered actually voted in Virginia's last gubernatorial election. Van Assendelft added that, historically, low turnout gives the advantage to Republicans.

"If you think that your candidate could lose, and by a slim margin, you're more likely to show up to vote," van Assendelft said.

The candidates are now leaning on politicians popular with their respective bases. Cuccinelli has been campaigning with Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky. McAuliffe brought former President Bill Clinton to Harrisonburg and will campaign with President Barack Obama on Sunday in Northern Virginia.

"Those high-profile politicians coming into the state are here to generate enthusiasm. They're creating pep rallies so people get excited, they remember Tuesday is Election Day, and they come out and support their candidate," said van Assendelft.

After months on the campaign trail, it's down to the final week, with candidates trying to build the momentum they need for this final stretch on the road to Richmond.


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