Apparently wounded by his alleged racial remark last month, Allen is now ahead of Webb by only 4 percentage points, surrendering an advantage of 16 percentage points in a July survey by the newspaper.
In the latest poll, Allen is preferred by 46 percent to 42 percent for Webb.
Because the gap is within the poll's 4-percentage-point margin of error, the contest can be considered a tossup.
What I found most disturbing, though, was that 26% said that the comment was not serious and are voting for Allen, while 16% disapprove of the comment but will still vote for Allen. I'm not surprised, but a little disappointed that 26% of VA sees nothing wrong with what he said.
Finally, 10% are not sure, which is not surprising since every poll has about 10% "not sure or don't know".
To sum up, 42% will definitely vote for Allen, while 40% will definitely vote for Webb.
Hopefully, Allen's plagiarizing incident and white supremacist connections get in the MSM like the macaca statement and we can get some more points out of the remaining 18%.
I think Webb is in a great position and should win, but it will still take a lot of work.