This year’s crowded contest for governor is an uncertain one as Virginia nears its selection for party nominations.
So far, about half of Democratic voters are undecided at 49% along with 55% of Republican voters, according to a Wason Center for Civic Leadership survey released Friday.
Former governor Terry McAuliffe leads Democrats with 26%, followed by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax with 12%, former Prince William Del. Jennifer Carrol Foy and Richmond Sen. Jennifer McClellan at 4% each and Manassas Del. Lee Carter at 1%.
“New Democratic faces and priorities have emerged since Terry McAuliffe was governor,” said Wason Center Academic Director Dr. Quentin Kidd. “He opens with a head start, but he’s a long way from closing the deal.”
The Democratic Party of Virginia is planning to hold a primary June 8.
As for the Republican contest, Chesterfield Sen. Amanda Chase is leading with 17%, followed by Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox at 10%, entrepreneur Pete Snyder at 6%, Glenn Youngkin at 3% and Merle Rutledge, Kurt Santini and Sergio de la Peña at 0%. Peter Doran, who’s listed as a nominee by the Republican Party of Virginia wasn’t included in the survey.