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Poll: McAuliffe takes 9-point lead over Cuccinelli among likely voters

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With 28 days until the Virginia gubernatorial election, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe continues to surge in the polls.

According to a poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, McAuliffe leads the Republican-backed Ken Cuccinelli by 9 points among likely voters.

Among likely voters overall, McAuliffe holds 47 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli's 38 percent. Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate, has 8 percent.

"The Cuccinelli campaign has its work cut out," said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center.

"The test for the McAuliffe campaign will be to make sure their voters turn out."

The poll shows continuing support for McAuliffe with women - he leads Cuccinelli 50 percent to 38 percent. And among independents, McAuliffe's margin is even larger - there he has a 16-point lead, taking 45 percent to Cuccinelli's 29 percent.

Further down the ticket, the CNU survey found Democrat Ralph Northam with an 11-point lead over Republican E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant-governor. Among likely voters, Northam leads Jackson 48 percent to 37 percent.

The attorney general survey is much closer. Democrat Mark Herring has a 3-point lead over Republican Mark Obenshain, leading him 45 percent to 42 percent. That is within the survey's +/-3.1 percent margin of error.

The Wason Center surveyed 1,004 registered Virginia voters, including 886 likely voters, Oct. 1-6.  

This survey comes on the heels of another recent poll which showed nearly 90 percent of Virginians were against Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell using taxpayer funds to pay for his state and federal legal battles.

Stay with NBC12 on the air and online for the most recent updates as the governor's race enters its final weeks.

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