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Half of registered voters in Va. would re-elect Sen. Mark Warner

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Only half of registered voters in Virginia said they would vote for Democratic Sen. Mark Warner if the mid-term election was held today, according to a poll released Thursday.

Sixty-three percent of those polled approve of how Mr. Warner is doing in Washington, the poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University found. But only 56 percent say they think he should be re-elected to the Senate later this year, and just 50 percent they would vote for him if the election was held today.

About 30 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman, if the election was today.

Two other people who have said they will run for the U.S. Senate seat are largely unknown by voters. Only 2 percent of likely voters have favorable opinions of Shak Hill and Howie Lind, while almost 80 percent have said they have no opinion of the candidates.

The results come from more than 1,000 interviews with registered voters in Virginia between Jan. 15-22. The margin of error is 3.1 percent.

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