But the Republican gubernatorial candidate still has a financial lead on his opponent.
The poll, published Sunday, shows McDonnell leading 51 to 47 percent among voters who say they are certain to vote in November.
Just over a month ago, a Post poll had McDonnell, a former attorney general, leading 54 to 39 percent among likely voters.
Deeds, a state senator, is especially gaining ground in Northern Virginia, where he now leads McDonnell 57 to 40 percent among
likely voters. Last month, the two were about even in Northern Virginia.
But McDonnell supporters are more enthusiastic about him than Deeds supporters are about their candidate.
They are also contributing more to their candidate's coffers.
Deeds has nearly $10.3 million in campaign contributions, while McDonnell has a total of $14.5 million.
Here's the breakdown of funds, according to campaign finance reports filed by each campaign with the State Board of Elections as of Sept. 15, and put together and analyzed by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog of money in state politics:
- Political $2,180,727
- Organized Labor $1,441,644
- Law $1,155,282
- Real Estate-Construction $999,521
- Finance, Insurance $873,826
- Miscellaneous $842,529
- Business - Retail, Services $702,454
- Technology, Communication $375,363
- Transportation $354,920
- Health Care $353,170
- Public Employees $297,531
- Energy, Natural Resources $293,825
- Agriculture $200,557
- Defense $104,060
- Undetermined $61,390
- Single-Issue Groups $31,804
- Manufacturing $28,925
- Total $10,297,528
- Political $4,479,729
- Real Estate-Construction $1,965,156
- Finance, Insurance $1,412,715
- Business - Retail, Services $1,114,648
- Energy, Natural Resources $1,029,882
- Law $786,936
- Technology, Communication $691,154
- Health Care $622,553
- Miscellaneous $557,660
- Transportation $502,197
- Agriculture $491,210
- Manufacturing $408,639
- Defense $165,961
- Public Employees $129,659
- Single-Issue Groups $101,317
- Undetermined $92,496
- Organized Labor $0
- Total $14,551,912