In an effort, presumably, to be humorous, the campaign for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli blasted out an email Thursday releasing the findings of bogus poll conducted by “Republican Republican Republican Polling.”
The Cuccinelli camp's announcement followed more scientific analyses -- from Quinnipiac University and Public Policy Polling -- that show Cuccinelli's opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, holding a comfortable lead in the race to be the commonwealth's 72nd governor.
The Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month showed McAuliffe leading by 6 percent, while the Public Policy Polling survey had the Democrat ahead by 7 percentage points.
A Real Clear Politics average of polls on the Virginia governor's race compiled in recent months shows McAuliffe ahead by 1.7 percent.
Following the Cuccinelli campaign email, the Republican's press team proceeded to direct quote its “Republican Republican Republican Poll” press release on Twitter in an apparent effort to make it seem credible.
The GOP release states: “Data shows that Cuccinelli is loved by everyone and disliked by no one.”
“However, the same cannot be said of Terry McAuliffe, as even Democrats don’t like him. The poll consisted of 45 percent Republicans and 20 percent Democrats. The remainder is independents, and most of them don’t like Terry either,” the release stated.
A spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign used the opponent's gimmick to continue with attacks claiming Cuccinelli holds extreme stances on social issues.
“Ken Cuccinelli's fake polls might be funny if they weren't released the same day news broke on his ties to radical anti-women's rights groups that share many of Cuccinelli's extreme views,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said Thursday. “While real and fake polls vary, its clear Cuccinelli's positions like opposing the Violence Against Women Act and voting against adequate child support are increasingly costing him support with Virginia voters.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the findings of the August Quinnipiac poll. Terry McAuliffe's lead in that survey was 6 percent, not 7 percent. The Times-Mirror regrets the error.