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Monday, September 19, 2005

Mason-Dixon: Downticket races still wide open; A1

This ran in Monday's issue as an addendum to the gubernatorial poll published here Sunday.

Further down the ticket, the races for attorney general and lieutenant governor remain very much open contests, according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll.

"With the governor's race still very competitive, it is hard to predict how these races might break," said J. Bradford Coker, the managing director of Mason Dixon polling and research. "The attention of most voters will likely continue to remain at the top of the ticket."

A large segment of voters do not recognize any of the four candidates.

Lieutenant governor
State Sen. Bill Bolling, R: 39 percent
Former Rep. Leslie Byrne, D: 36 percent
Undecided: 25 percent

Attorney general
State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D: 33 percent
Del. Bob McDonnell, R: 36 percent
Undecided: 31 percent

All four candidates have also reported their financial status as of Sept. 1.

Lieutenant governor
Bolling
Received July-Aug.: $311,625
Spent July-Aug.: $149,455
Total Donations: $2.0 million
Cash on Hand: $226,249

Byrne
Received July-Aug.: $280,749
Spent July-Aug.: $118,919
Total Donations: $801,625
Cash on Hand: $285,398

Attorney general
Deeds
Received July-Aug.: $417,939
Spent July-Aug.: $180,639
Total Donations: $1.3 million
Cash on Hand: $833,625

McDonnell
Received July-Aug.: $609,686
Spent July-Aug.: $199,781
Total Donations: $2.7 million
Cash on Hand: $484,463