GOP incumbent holds narrow lead in key Virginia district, poll finds

GOP incumbent holds narrow lead in key Virginia district, poll finds

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GOP Rep. Scott Taylor has a narrow lead over Democrat Elaine Luria in the contest for Virginia's Second Congressional District

WASHINGTON – GOP Rep. Scott Taylor has a narrow lead over Democrat Elaine Luria in the contest for Virginia’s Second Congressional District, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 45 percent of the respondents said they support Taylor, compared with 42 percent who said they support Luria. Meanwhile, 13 said they are not sure which candidate they support.

The live poll surveyed 508 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

Taylor, 39, has served in Congress since 2017. He is a retired Navy SEAL.

Taylor is considered a conservative with a libertarian streak. He opposed the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military recruits. Taylor co-sponsored legislation that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use. He is personally pro-life but does not believe the government should prohibit abortion.

Luria, 43, is a retired Navy commander and small business owner. She is endorsed by former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The predominantly urban district encompasses Virginia Beach and Williamsburg as well as parts of Norfolk and Hampton.

President Donald Trump carried the district by 3 points in 2016.

Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, carried the district by 4 points in 2017.

Recent polls said Democrats are expected to pick up the 23 seats needed for the party to retake the House.

Democrats are hedging their bets on swing districts like VA-2.

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