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Inside Politics: Obama’s Virginia lead shrinks by 3 points
President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Virginia, 50 percent to 45 percent — down from an 8-point lead he held in early July, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.
While Republicans in the state are skeptical about the impact former Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia, the Constitution Party candidate, would have on the race, the poll shows Mr. Goode would pull 4 percent of the vote if he ends up on the ballot, extending Mr. Obama’s lead back to the 50 percent to 42 percent advantage he enjoyed last month.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls through Aug. 14 in the key battleground state is much closer, with Mr. Obama holding a 1-point lead.
Like other recent presidential polls, however, more Democrats were surveyed than Republicans. While voters do not register by party in Virginia, 37 percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 30 percent Republicans, and 33 percent independent/other.
The survey of 855 likely Virginia voters was conducted from Aug. 16 to 19, and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
Fluke’s convention speech viewed as appeal to women
A Democratic official says Sandra Fluke will try to solidify President Obama’s support among women during a speech next month at the Democratic National Convention.
Ms. Fluke is the Georgetown University student who gained notoriety after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut for supporting Mr. Obama’s health care law requiring contraception coverage.
Republicans deny the Democratic charge that the GOP is waging a “war on women.” Ann Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s wife, is expected to counter the accusation at the party’s convention next week. The Democratic official demanded anonymity in order to speak candidly about plans that have not been released publicly. The news comes as Republicans urge Senate candidate W. Todd Akin to abandon his bid over comments he made about rape.
Lawmaker in rest-stop scandal still silent
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota state lawmaker involved in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop maintained his public silence Tuesday as another Democratic candidate for his seat emerged.
Rep. Kerry Gauthier, a Democrat from Duluth, has yet to comment on the scandal or his political plans, though Democratic leaders are urging him to withdraw from the race and Republicans have pressed him to resign immediately. Meanwhile, Duluth firefighter Erik Simonson launched a bid as a write-in Democratic candidate for Mr. Gauthier’s seat at the Duluth Zoo on Tuesday.
Mr. Gauthier didn’t immediately return a voice mail message.
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