Virginia Governor’s Race Sees Pro-Life McDonnell With Small Lead Over Deeds
by Steven Ertelt
July 16, 2009
Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — Just four months remain in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, one of the few marquee off-year election contests, and a new poll shows pro-life Republican Bob McDonnell with a small lead over pro-abortion Democrat Creigh Deeds. A new Rasmussen survey shows the race within the margin of error.
Its poll, released on July 14, has McDonnell, a former state Attorney General, at 44 percent and Deeds, a state senator, at 41 percent.
Rasmussen found McDonnell is viewed more positively by more Virginians than Deeds.
The poll shows 50 percent of Virginia voters view McDonnell favorably with 25 percent strongly so and 25 percent having a somewhat favorable view. Some 49 percent of Virginia residents view Deeds favorably but just 19 percent say strongly favorable compared to 30 percent who say somewhat favorable.
Just 27 percent of Virginia voters view McDonnell unfavorably compared with 35 percent who say the same thing about Deeds.
More state residents, 22-17 percent, have no opinion of McDonnell compared with Deeds — which should give the pro-life candidate more of a chance to win over new voters to his side before they head to the polls in November.
The role of Virginia’s pro-abortion governors may also play a role in the election.
By a margin of 34-31 percent, Virginians say it is less likely that Mark Warner’s endorsement of Deeds will cause them to vote for the pro-abortion candidate. And, by a 48-38 percent margin, Virginians are upset that Tim Kaine is both the governor of the state and the chairman of the Democratic Party nationally.
Deeds had been in a close three-way battle for the Democratic nomination but broke away and received 49 percent last month over former Democratic party chairman Terry McAuliffe, who had about 27 percent of the vote.
Former state Rep. Brian Moran, a younger brother of pro-abortion Congressman James Moran, received 24 percent.
The race is a rematch of sorts as Deeds lost a narrow race to McDonnell for his current position as the state attorney general in 2005. McDonnell won by a narrow 323 votes out of more than 1.9 million cast.
The race will receive national attention and pro-life advocates will be hoping for a McDonnell victory to help prove that they can win back Virginia from President Barack Obama, who came away with the state last year.
McDonnell has long had a strong relationship with the pro-life movement and the head of the state pro-life group in Virginia told LifeNews.com her organization will support him.
Olivia Gans, the president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, says the group is "proud to support Bob McDonnell in his bid for the governorship of Virginia."
"As Attorney General he has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of the rights of the unborn as well as protection for women from unscrupulous abortionists," Gans said. "He is an articulate leader on the full range of pro-life issues in Virginia and the nation."
Gans said McDonnell’s office has spared no effort in defending the Virginia partial-birth abortion ban, which pro-abortion groups took to court. The measure is currently before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Pro-life Virginians have been fortunate to work alongside Attorney General McDonnell since his days in the Virginia House of Delegates and look forward to continuing to work with him as governor," Gans added.
The winner of the election will replace the term-limited Kaine, an abortion advocate who supports some abortion limits and is also the chairman of the national Democratic Party.
Related web sites:
Virginia Society for Human Life – https://www.vshl.org
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