Poll puts Rigell up 6 pts. on Nye

June 21, 2010

Fresh off his primary election victory [1], a new poll shows Republican businessman Scott Rigell [2] leading U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye [3], the Democratic incumbent, 41-35 percent heading towards the November election for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Poll results printed in the Rothenberg Political Report [4] show former Virginia Beach GOP chairman Kenny Golden [5], the independent candidate, with 4 percent of the vote.

It’s unclear what other demographic trends and electoral snapshots the poll illustrates because we don’t yet have crosstabs on the poll reportedly produced by Public Opinion Strategies [6], a Republican polling firm. We’re told the Rigell campaign may provide more details to the press.

The results of the poll and excerpts from the political publication were touted in a e-mail to reporters from the National Republican Congressional Committee [7].

UPDATE: Rigell’s camp released a POS memo [8] Monday evening detailing some of the poll results and highlighting factors that appear to benefit Rigell, namely how Nye’s 45 percent favorability ratings put him in a “very weak political position” and the overall mood of an unsettled electorate dissatisfied with the status quo in Washington, D.C.

“These results are consistent with what Scott Rigell is hearing throughout the district; voters are anxious to send a conservative leader from the real world to Washington,” Rigell campaign manager Jason Miyares said in a statement heralding the poll. “Unlike politicians in Washington, Scott Rigell has met a payroll, balanced a budget, and created jobs. It is rare that a challenger would have a lead over an incumbent so early in the race, but it demonstrates that Rigell’s message of bringing business sense and conservative leadership to Washington is resonating with families in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.”

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