- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows a flamboyant former Virginia lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl is the current front-runner in the race to be Richmond’s next mayor.

According to a new poll from Christopher Newport University, Joseph Morrissey leads a crowded field and has the support of 28 percent of the city’s voters.

Morrissey spent his days at the General Assembly and his nights at a county jail after his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He later married the woman, and they have two children.

The poll of 600 Richmond registered voters was conducted August 18 through August 24 by the Wason Center for Public Policy at CNU and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

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