According to a new poll, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) holds a sizeable lead over two potential challengers for his 2018 seat in the Senate.
Quinnipiac released a new poll on Friday which showed Kaine leading his potential opponents, conservative talk radio host, Laura Ingraham and former GOP presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, by at least 20 points.
Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, leads Ingraham 56-36 percent, and Fiorina 57-36 percent.
Although it appears that Republicans and Democrats place their support along party lines, Kaine is maintaining support from the majority of Independent voters with 54 and 55 percent against Ingraham and Fiorina, respectively. Both potential GOP candidates take only 32 percent of the Independent vote.
Virginia voters approve of Kaine’s job as their senator and view him favorably, with only 58-34 percent viewing him unfavorably. Many Virginia voters expressed that they don’t know enough about Ingraham (50 percent) and Fiorina (31 percent) to form an opinion.
While neither Ingraham nor Fiorina has formally announced a campaign in Virginia, they both have expressed their interests about the possibility in the upcoming 2018 race.
Currently, Ingraham holds a 27-22 favorability rating, while Fiorina holds an unfavorable view by 36 percent compared to 32 percent who have a favorable view.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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