Not your father's Virginia anymore

Jonathan Garthwaite
Posted: Sep 11, 2007 12:46 PM

It certainly isn't the Virginia I moved to twelve years ago.

No Democratic Presidential candidate has won the state of Virginia since 1964, but some analysts believe the state’s Electoral College Votes could be in play during Election 2008. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that those expectations might not be out of line.

In fact, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton currently has a 2-4 percentage point advantage over three leading Republican Presidential hopefuls. Not only is Clinton competitive in the Presidential race, Democrat Mark Warner has a substantial lead in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Virginia.

In a Presidential match-up with the GOP frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani, Clinton has a 44% to 41% edge. When matched against the newest entrant in the race, Clinton earns 46% of the vote while Fred Thompson attracts 44%. Clinton leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by four points, 44% to 40%.