Survey: 51% of Voters Favor Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner

With less than a month until Election Day, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) still holds a commanding lead over his challengers in the U.S. Senate race.

Fifty-one percent of voters favor Warner to Republican challenger Ed Gillespie's 39 percent, a statewide survey by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University reveals. Three percent of those surveyed perfered Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis; seven percent were undecided.

“Voters trust the competence of Mark Warner on the important issues of the day, especially the one they say matters the most – jobs,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy. “Ed Gillespie has only a few weeks to convince voters that he would do a better job than Warner, and at this point in the race he has not done that.”

Both Warner and Gillespie will participate in a debate hosted by NBC4 and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The moderator for the event is Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. Panelists are Julie Carey, News4's Northern Virginia Bureau Chief, Aaron Gilchrist, News4 Today anchor, and Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

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