A poll released this week of likely voters in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District shows U.S. Rep Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, with a 12 percentage point lead over his Democratic challenger and Virginia Beach businessman Paul Hirschbiel.
The Christopher Newport University/Virginian Pilot/WVEC-TV poll has likely voters favoring freshman incumbent Rigell with 44 percent to Hirschbiel's 32 percent. In the 2nd District race 22 percent of respondents were undecided.
Following redistricting, which takes place every 10 years based on U.S. Census data, the state's 2nd Congressional District includes Virginia Beach, parts of Norfolk, parts of Newport News, parts of Hampton, Accomack County and Northhampton County.
Likely voters in the district gave Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. George Allen a 4 percentage point lead over Democratic candidate and former Gov. Tim Kaine. Allen held the edge with 42 percent to Kaine's 38 percent, while 17 percent of the respondents were undecided.
In the presidential race the results of the survey were a dead heat. President Barack Obama received 45 percent to GOP challenger Mitt Romney's 44 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
The poll was conducted through live telephone conversations of 766 likely voters in the district between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8. The poll has a plus or minus 3.5 percent margin of error.