Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerNo time to relax: A digital security commission for the next generation Army posthumously awards female veteran who served as WWII spy The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Va.) maintains a big lead in his reelection campaign against former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie (R) in a new poll.
Warner has, however, dipped below 50 percent, according to Quinnipiac University.
"Mark Warner passes for the closest thing to a household name in Virginia politics," Quinnipiac Poll Assistant Director Peter Brown said. "He has a strong job approval rating and is flirting with the magic 50 percent threshold that generally marks an incumbent as a heavy favorite for reelection."
Warner has long been the most popular politician of either party in Virginia, but President Obama's weak approval ratings in the commonwealth — he's at 44 percent approval in the poll — has Republicans hopeful Gillespie can make Warner work for his reelection.
The live-caller poll of 1,288 registered voters was conducted from March 19-24 and has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.