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 KaineDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Sen. Kaine: No reason for US to 'engage in military action to protect Saudi oil' 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 TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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 ClintonUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani MORE’s vice presidential running mate.