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Poll: McAuliffe has Lead among VA Likely Voters

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Left: Terry McAuliffe, Right: Ken Cuccinelli Left: Terry McAuliffe, Right: Ken Cuccinelli

Time is ticking away as we count down toward Election Day, and new poll numbers in the race for governor show Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a lead among likely Virginia voters.

We've been keeping tabs on poll numbers throughout this election year, but these results are different from what we've seen so far. The new poll from Quinnipiac University is the first poll to survey voters who are actually likely to vote on Election Day, rather than all registered voters.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters say they will vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with 42 percent favoring Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

Nine percent of likely voters say they are undecided.

Respondents said honesty is an important issue in the race, but are divided on whether they trust either candidate. They also say experience is a key factor, and believe Cuccinelli has more of the right kind of experience compared with McAuliffe.

Both the Cuccinelli and McAuliffe campaigns are busy downplaying the results from Wednesday's poll. The Cuccinelli campaign says it shows the race is still very close, despite significant ad spending. The McAuliffe campaign says voters shouldn't focus on poll results, but rather their candidate's message. 

To view results from the poll, click here.

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