RICHMOND - The third gubernatorial candidate, Robert Sarvis, could have a big effect on the election, although it may not be as big on Election Day according to political analyst Richard Meagher.
"In polarized times when the electorate is relatively evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, third party candidates can have a major effect on the outcome of the election," he says. "Sarvis' support right now is probably higher than what he's going to get in the actual election."
Meagher says voters will most likely go with one of the major candidates, most of those will likely vote for Cuccinelli.
"A lot of Sarvis supporters will go for Cuccinelli instead, but there's still a strong base of Sarvis supporters who are not going to support Ken Cucinelli."
Some conservative and moderate republicans aren't happy with the direction of the party, and Sarvis votes could be a big reason for a Cuccinelli loss.
"He'll still get a decent amount of those votes and a lot of those people would normally vote for the Republican candidate."
Even two or three percent of the vote could have huge implications in a state so evenly divided.
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