Poll: Kaine leads GOP's Stewart by 23 points in Va. Senate race

Poll: Kaine leads GOP's Stewart by 23 points in Va. Senate race
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineKaine: Trump has made 'concerted effort' to divide people based on race Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests Corey Stewart blames 'ass hurt' Republicans for negative press coverage MORE (D-Va.) leads his Republican challenger by more than 20 percentage points ahead of November’s election, according to a poll from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The survey, published Wednesday, shows that Kaine has a 23-point lead over GOP nominee Corey Stewart among likely voters.

The poll found that Kaine has the support of 88 percent of Democrats in the survey and leads Stewart by better than a 2-to-1 margin among independents polled who have determined how they will vote.  

Stewart, meanwhile, had the support of 66 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters who participated in the survey, which was conducted from July 10-30 and surveyed 802 adults. The poll reports a margin of error of 3.59 percentage points for the sample of likely voters.

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The poll also found that Kaine is winning “every key demographic category,” including female, male, minority and white respondents. Twenty percent of likely voters remain undecided, according to the poll.

Stewart has previously been accused of ties to white nationalists. In 2017, he also reportedly praised Virginia’s decision to secede from the United States at the onset of the Civil War. The Republican National Committee has not said whether it will support Stewart, who is backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE.

Kaine has served in the Senate since 2013. He was also previously the governor of Virginia and served as 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE’s vice presidential running mate.