November 9, 2005--Democrat Tim Kaine was
elected as Governor of Virginia in an election where 49% of voters
said they were most interested in issues of Economic Growth and
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Kaine trailed by six points over the
summer, moved to within three points in mid-September and was tied
Republican Jerry Kilgore at the end of September.
Kaine moved ahead for the first time two
weeks before Election Day. A Rasmussen Reports election poll at that
time found him leading by two points. His lead grew to three points
a week later and Kaine's momentum continued through Election Day.
A Rasmussen Reports Election Night
survey found that those who made their final decision in the last
days of the campaign favored Kaine by a 56% to 41% margin. This is
particularly significant since 50% of those who made up their mind
late in the game were Republicans.
Twelve percent (12%) of all voters say
they made their final decision on Monday or Tuesday.
Kaine won by a 56% to 42% margin among
with a primary interest in issues of economic growth and fairness.
Kilgore won a majority of those who
considered national defense, homeland security, cultural issues, tax
issues, and immigration issues most important. Kilgore earned 46% of
the vote in the first Rasmussen Reports poll in the campaign last
June. Only once in nine pre-election polls did he move above that
survey showed that a Kilgore ad on the death penalty issue may have
hurt him more than it helped.
Kaine clearly benefited from his
relationship with current Governor, Mark Warner. Warner holds a 73% Job Approval Rating
among those who voted yesterday.
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The telephone survey of 861 Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November
The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.