Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race - #2114 -With New Poll, Democrats Make Case That Perriello Race is Still Competitive - Washington Post - Va. Politics

Democrats released a new poll Tuesday that showed U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) in a dead heat with state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) as Perriello and his party seek to combat the perception that his reelection might be slipping out of reach. With the media focused on whether the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has decided to cut off financial support from Perriello and some other endangered lawmakers, the DCCC released a survey Tuesday by Global Strategy Group showing Hurt leading Perriello in the 5th district, 44 percent to 42 percent, well within the poll's 4.9 percent margin of error. Independent candidate Jeffrey Clark drew 6 percent. "These results confirm what every reputable pollster has shown -- this race is neck and neck," said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. Surveys of the race have been all over the map, but the new one is definitely the closest. Two different polls conducted by SurveyUSA for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke -- one in July and one in August -- showed Hurt ahead by 23 and 26 points, respectively. (Perriello's campaign was extremely critical of those polls' methodology.) Another August survey, taken by Ayres McHenry & Associates for the pro-Republican group American Action Forum, showed Hurt winning by just 6 points. Read more........

Study: Democratic Turnout for Primaries Lowest in 80 Years - USA On Politics - For the first time since 1930, more Republican voters showed up to vote in statewide primaries this year than Democrats -- another sign of the huge challenges facing President Obama's party in this year's elections.  The new figures come from a just-released report by voter turnout expert Curtis Gans of American University.  Gans looked at 35 primaries held before Sept. 1 and found that 4 million more Republicans voted than Democrats -- statistical proof of the "enthusiasm gap" that pollsters and pundits have been talking about.  That, combined with the fact that the percentage of voters who identify themselves as Democrats has been on a steady decline for decades, spells big trouble for the president's party, Gans said: "The Democrats are at an enormous disadvantage."  Read more........
Articles contributed by Steve Peters.

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