Poll: Trump virtually tied with Joe Biden in the deep-blue Old Dominion
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Recent polling data reveals a surprising tie between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden in the traditionally Democratic stronghold of Virginia. This unexpected development comes amidst a contentious debate over the legalization of convenience store slot machines in the state.

Key Details:

  • Recent polling data from Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research shows a virtual tie between Trump and Biden in Virginia.
  • Virginians are overwhelmingly opposed to the legalization of convenience store slot machines, a contentious issue in the state.
  • Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has until May 17th to act on Senate Bill 212, which would allow the operation of thousands of these machines in the state.

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The Commonwealth of Virginia, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, is showing signs of political change. Recent polling data from Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research, both reputable polling firms, reveals a virtual tie between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. This unexpected development comes amidst a contentious debate over the legalization of convenience store slot machines in the state.

According to the poll, Virginians are overwhelmingly opposed to the legalization of these slot machines. Nick Larson, spokesman for Virginians Against Neighborhood Slot Machines, stated, "The Commonwealth of Virginia has set a precedent of fostering a gaming environment that prioritizes safety and responsibility. This poll is further evidence that voters in the Commonwealth do not believe convenience store slots align with Virginia values and they should remain illegal."

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has until May 17th to act on Senate Bill 212, which would allow the operation of thousands of these machines in the state. The Governor's decision is eagerly awaited, as it could significantly impact his approval ratings and the political landscape of the state.

The poll also revealed that a majority of Virginia voters, 56%, oppose the expansion of gambling, while 36% support it, and 8% are undecided. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Virginia voters say that if skill games were to become legal, they believe it is important for their voice to be heard through a referendum.

Overall, the political climate in Virginia appears to be shifting. The state, which went to Joe Biden by a ten-point margin in 2020, is now a competitive battleground with the presidential race between Joe Biden (43%) and Donald Trump (42%) very close. This shift could have significant implications for future elections and the political dynamics of the state.

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