Virginia holds its gubernatorial election on November 5, 2013. It is assumed that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the Republican nominee and that Terry McAuliffe, former chair of the Democratic national committee, will be the Democratic nominee. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, elected as a Republican in 2009, has hinted he will be an independent “centrist” candidate for Governor this year.
This Quinnipiac University Poll shows that if all three candidates are on the ballot, the entry of Bolling into the race is not necessarily harmful to the Republican Party’s chances of winning the race. When Bolling is left out of the poll, the results are tied: Cuccinelli 38%; McAuliffe 38%. When Bolling is included, the results are still too close to predict the winner: Cuccinelli 31%, McAuliffe 34%, Bolling 13%.
Cuccinelli has called for ballot access reform this year, which is occurring in the legislature. McAuliffe, on the other hand, is somewhat well-known for being the architect of national Democratic Party efforts in 2004 to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot in as many states as possible. Conceivably that could be a campaign issue in Virginia this year, especially since a trial in Maine over McAuliffe did in 2004 will probably occur this year. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link to the poll.