McDonnell Extends Lead Over Deeds: Post

Latest poll shows McDonnell with commanding lead

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    Republican Bob McDonnell vs. Democrat Creigh Deeds

    Any backsliding Republican Robert McDonnell did in the polls following the controversy over a thesis he wrote in grad school 20 years ago seems to be over.

    The Washington Post's latest poll finds McDonnell with a 53 to 44 percent lead over Creigh Deeds in the race for governor of Virginia. Last month, McDonnell held a four-point lead.

    Many polls showed Deeds gaining ground on McDonnell after the thesis critical of working women, feminists and gays made news, but Deeds' use of that thesis against McDonnell may have backfired. Likely voters see him as running a negative campaign, The Post reported.

    And there's also the post-debate debacle in Fairfax County last week, when Deeds fumbled questions about whether he would support a tax increase to fund a transportation plan. A clip of that mishap went viral and has been used in a McDonnell commercial broadcast frequently throughout the state as if it was a thesis critical of working women, feminists and gays.

    According to The Post's poll, Deeds lost his advantage with women, and McDonnell's lead among independents has grown.

    The poll also found Republicans Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli with nine-point leads over Democrats Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon, respectively, in the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.