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Internal poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Virginia House contest

Internal poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Virginia House contest
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An internal poll shows a neck-and-neck race in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District between Democrat Cameron Webb and Republican Bob Good as Democrats look to flip the open GOP seat.

An internal poll conducted for the Webb campaign and obtained exclusively by The Hill shows Webb with 42 percent support among likely voters, narrowly trailing Good, who leads with 44 percent – a difference that falls within the survey’s margin of error. Another 13 percent of voters remain undecided.

Neither candidate is very well known in the district, raising the prospects of a fluid campaign in the final 81 days until election day. Forty-five percent of likely voters said they were familiar with Webb, while 49 percent said they were familiar with Good. 

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In a promising sign for Democrats, President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE, who won the district by 13 points in 2016, has an underwater favorability rating there now, with 45 percent of likely voters viewing him favorably and 52 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of him. Still, Trump has a slim 2-point lead over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by a 45-47 margin.

Democrats are hopeful that Webb, a medical doctor, can make headway in the district after Good, a former Liberty University staffer, unseated Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanFormer Republican congressman: 'Impeachment is necessary' Outgoing GOP congressman criticizes Hawley for fundraising off Electoral College challenge Virginia county Republicans condemn GOP congressman for considering vote for Biden MORE (R) at the GOP convention after Riggleman caught flak from some voters for officiating a same-sex wedding.

The GOP’s margin of victory has shrunk in the central Virginia district, with Republican Tom GarrettThomas (Tom) Alexander GarrettInternal poll shows tight race in Virginia House race Internal poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Virginia House contest GOP congressman loses primary after officiating gay wedding MORE winning there by about 16 points in 2016 and Riggleman earning his first term in 2018 by just over 6 points. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District as “Lean Republican.” 

The internal poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group, surveyed 500 likely voters from July 30-August 4 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.