December 13, 2010
Democratic Senator Jim Webb could face a tough re-election battle in 2012, according to a new statewide Clarus Poll of Virginia’s voters.
The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Clarus Research Group, shows Webb now leading former Republican senator George Allen by only one point, 41 percent to 40 percent with the rest undecided.
Webb defeated Allen for his Senate seat in 2006.
The Clarus poll also shows Webb losing a hypothetical trial heat with Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell by three points, 39 percent to 42 percent with the rest undecided.
In a third Senate match-up, Webb does much better, leading Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, by 11 points, 44 percent to 33 percent with the rest undecided.
“Senator Webb could face a tough race in 2012,” said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group. “The fact that he’s not polling above 44 percent in any of the trial heats is a danger sign. Despite his defeat by Webb four years ago, George Allen’s potential comeback strength is impressive.”
Though most political observers do not now expect either McDonnell or Cuccinelli to take on Webb, Allen is considered a possible contender.