The Washington Times - May 16, 2013, 07:47AM

In the race to be Virginia’s next governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a 5-point lead over his Republican opponent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s sitting attorney general, garnered 38 percent to Mr. McAuliffe’s 43 percent, the poll shows.


The survey shows the race is still tight, but also demonstrates that Mr. McAuliffe — former head of the Democratic National Committee and an unsuccessful 2009 candidate for governor — has gained on Mr. Cuccinelli.

A March 27 survey showed the Republican with a 2-point lead, Quinnipiac said.

“The 17 percent of voters who say they are undecided will determine the Commonwealth’s next governor. At this point, neither man seems to have much of an edge,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.