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Jeb Inge

Poll: Kaine, Obama lead in Virginia

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Former Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine, arrives for a rally for President Barack Obama at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By Jeb Inge -- jinge@nvdaily.com

A new NBC-Marist poll finds President Obama and former Gov. Tim Kaine with slight leads in Virginia over their prospective opponents.

Obama leads likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney 46 percent to 42 percent, with 11 percent still undecided. If undecided voters leaning toward a candidate are considered, Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 44, according to poll numbers.

The poll also found that if Gov. Bob McDonnell was added to the GOP ticket, Obama's lead over Romney in Virginia shrinks to 46 percent to 44 percent. That falls within the poll's three point margin and effectively makes the race a dead heat in the commonwealth.

In Virginia's contentious Senate race, the poll found former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine leading GOP front runner George Allen 46 percent to 40 percent, with 13 percent undecided.

Including undecided voters leaning toward a candidate, Kaine leads Allen 49 percent to 43 percent.

Thirty-one percent of respondents identified as Democrats, with 29 percent identifying as Republicans. Thirty-nine percent identified themselves as independents.

Twenty-two percent of respondents self-identified as "very liberal" or "liberal," 38 percent as moderate, and 40 percent as "conservative" or "very conservative."

The poll included 1,076 registered Virginia voters.


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