From NBC's Mark Murray
One week after his victory in the three-way Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virginia, Creigh Deeds has a slight lead over Republican Bob McDonnell, according to new Democratic poll commissioned by the Democratic Governors Association.
In the survey, Deeds leads McDonnell by four points, 42%-38%. What's more, Deeds narrowly has a higher fav/unfav (48%-14%) than McDonnell does (43%-19%).
"Bob McDonnell didn't have a primary opponent," said Democratic pollster Jeff Liszt, who conducted the survey with John Anzalone. "And yet you start out with him trailing in a horserace."
The DGA is attributing McDonnell's numbers to the TV ads it helped air that hammered the Republican's opposition to the Obama stimulus.
The question, however, is whether Deeds and the Democrats want to be viewed as the front-runner right now -- especially for a race that the party controlling the White House has lost since 1977.