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July 20, 2010
According to a SurveyUSA poll conducted by Roanoke TV station, WDBJ, Fifth District Congressman, Democrat Tom Perriello trails by more than 20 percentage points.
Of the nearly 600 people surveyed in the telephone survey, 58 percent said they would vote for Republican state senator Robert Hurt and 35 percent went with Perriello. Another four percent say they would vote for independent candidate Jeffrey Clark.
Virginia Tech professor of political science, Craig Brians, says despite a low voter turn out during the Republican primary, this poll shows a party banding together.
"I think a lot of people kind of wrote off the Republicans as being sort of divided between was Hurt conservative enough or the tea partiers or what have you. If this poll is any indication, they seem to have gotten together behind him," said Brians.
According to SurveyUSA, the poll included responses from more Republicans than Democrats, but they say that if an equal number from each party were included, Hurt would still be in the lead by 11 percent.
When congressman Perriello ran against Republican Virgil Goode in 2008, he trailed early on, but later went on to win by a narrow margin of about 700 votes.
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