Thursday, January 19, 2006

Allen Leads Miller by 30 Points

The Washington Times reports:

Democrats face an uphill battle in their attempt to unseat Virginia Sen. George Allen, a new statewide poll shows.

So far, Northern Virginia businessman Harris Miller is the only announced Democrat to seek his party's nomination to challenge the Republican senator on the Nov. 7 ballot.

If the election were held today, Mr. Allen would receive 57 percent of the vote, and Mr. Miller would get 27 percent, according to a telephone survey of 500 likely Virginia voters conducted last week by Rasmussen Reports.


Because Mr. Miller has not yet campaigned publicly, most learning of the poll results cautioned it is too early to get a clear picture of how he will perform at the polls on Election Day.

However, it is hard to argue with Mr. Allen's popularity.

Thirty points is not a bad lead, although I would been interested in seeing how Miller polls against a generic Democrat. Miller is holding roughly the same ground as other theoretical opponents in a December poll, including one who had recently run a statewide race. That seems to suggest that Miller is a generic Democrat.

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