"Looking ahead to 2013, Mr. Cuccinelli has greater name recognition than Bolling and leads in the head-to-head matchup," said Harry L. Wilson, director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research. "But both currently enjoy high favorable ratings among Republican primary voters who are familiar with them. That said, a year can be an eternity in politics."
"To state the obvious, it appears inevitable that Mitt Romney will win the primary," Mr. Wilson said. "But with a higher unfavorable rating [36 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable] among those voting, he is not an overly popular choice. Whichever candidate gets the GOP nomination, he will have a lot of work to do in Virginia."