Poll Showing Warner With Large Lead In Senate Race

October 17, 2007

A new poll shows Democrat Mark Warner with a large lead over either potential Republican opponent in next year's U.S. Senate race.

The former governor was the choice of 51% of those surveyed by the Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Both potential Republican candidates, former Governor Jim
Gilmore and Congressman Tom Davis, were favored by 27%.

Both Republicans say they will wait to announce their plans, probably after the November 6th General Assembly election. The poll showed that in a matchup with either man, 12% of those who identified themselves as Republicans said they would back Warner.

Republican Senator John Warner announced in August that he would not seek a sixth term. The survey also reflected a generally favorable view of Governor Tim Kaine's performance in office and the overall direction of the state.

55% say they had a "positive" view of the job Kaine has done "addressing the state's major issues and problems." But the poll was not as charitable toward the General Assembly.

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