The Washington Post is reporting that a new poll released by the Wason Center for Public Policy shows that the incumbent Sen. Mark Warner maintains a 22 point lead over his challenger Ed Gillespie with less than 2 months before Election Day.
The poll showed Warner leading Gillespie 53 percent to 31, roughly the same margin as a poll taken in January. This new poll also shows that 5 percent of voters are supporting Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate and 11 percent are undecided.
This midterm election has been characterized by Republicans capitalizing on the dissatisfaction with Congress and President Obama in order to win the Senate majority. The Wason Center directo Quentin Kidd said “Warner conservatives” are sticking with the Democrat despite these efforts. Voters have not been swayed by Gillespie’s criticism of Warner’s voting record, where he has voted with Obama 97 percent of the time.
The poll shows that 91 percent of Virginian Democrats are supporting Warner, while Gillespie only holds 80 percent of the state’s Republicans. Kidd remarks that “Warner not only has the solid backing of his own partisans, but also significant levels of support among Republicans and ideological moderates and conservatives.”