Deeds Closes Gap on McDonnell: Poll

Republican now leads 48-43 in poll

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    Republican Bob McDonnell vs. Democrat Creigh Deeds

    Creigh Deeds is hammering his Republican opponent for Virginia governor over an old thesis, and the attack ads seem to be working.

    According to a new poll released Tuesday, Deeds has narrowed the gap on Bob McDonnell to just five points, 48-43. Last month McDonnell had a six-point lead, and two months ago that lead was 14 points.

    Deeds' biggest hurdle seems to be with his own party. The poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of undecided voters who were surveyed in the poll are Democrats, while 7 percent are Republicans. PPP said that means the race could tighten even further.

    "The race for Governor looks much more competitive heading into the last five weeks than it has for most of the last couple months," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "Democratic voters are showing more interest in turning out and that has Creigh Deeds within striking range."

    while Deeds is using attack ads to go after McDonnell's thesis, McDonnell is striking back with ads ripping on Deeds' percieved lack of a transportation plan. The poll shows that the ad negativity is hurting the favorability ratings for both candidates.

    McDonnell will be grilled by the News & Messenger's editorial board Wednesday morning. In addition to livestreaming the interview beginning at 9 a.m., the News & Messenger is accepting questions from the public via e-mail and, starting Wednesday morning, via Twitter.