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2009/2010: Corzine not gaining ground

NEW JERSEY: Two new polls released today show Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie still leading Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. A Quinnipiac poll has Christie ahead by 10 percentage points, 47-37%, which is "roughly the same margin as Quinnipiac polls in July and early August." And a Fairleigh Dickinson University-PublicMind poll also has Christie ahead, but only by five points, "also roughly the same margin as the prior FDU poll released July 1."

NEW YORK: Spitzer's return? Or is this just a little New York Post hype? (The Post puts Spitzer on its cover with the splashy headline: "2nd Coming.") "Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year, several sources told The Post. Less than 18 months after he left Albany in a prostitution scandal, Spitzer has held informal discussions in recent weeks about the possibility of making a bid for state comptroller or the US Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand, sources said. The hooker-happy Democrat has also discussed his own halfway-decent poll numbers in recent surveys, which have shown him more popular than Gov. Paterson, whose own numbers have tanked."

VIRGINIA: The Washington Post on the back-and-forth over McDonnell's 1989 thesis. "After a sleepy summer filled with rural RV tours and policy papers on energy and the economy, news of the thesis, first reported Sunday in The Washington Post, pushed the race to a fever pitch. McDonnell's opponent, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, bombarded state and national media with details of the thesis, submitted by McDonnell in 1989 for a master of arts in public policy and juris doctorate in law from Regent University in Virginia Beach. McDonnell, meanwhile, spoke by telephone to reporters for nearly 90 minutes, saying that his views have changed on many of the issues he explored as a graduate student. He also released a list of women who support his campaign."

The Washington Post weighs in with a tough editorial. "The Bob McDonnell who wrote that thesis would make a divisive, disruptive and partisan governor -- a sharp departure from the tradition of generally pragmatic executives who have helped make Virginia one of the better-managed states in the union. Virginians deserve specific answers about where the thinking of his early middle age has shifted, and where it remains consistent."

The Democratic Party of Virginia released a Web video yesterday responding to the thesis.