The Republican candidates vying to become the next president of the United States are struggling to make up ground in Virginia, a key battleground state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 but that Trump lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by a slim margin.
In a poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling Center and the University of Virginia Center for Politics, Trump trails former Secretary of State and Vice President Mike Pence by 11 points.
Pence leads with 30 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Tim Kaine, with 19 percent, and former Sen. Jim Webb, with 12 percent.
The poll shows Trump with a 9-point lead over the next leading Republican candidate, former Florida Gov.
The president leads with 34 percent of voters, while Pence trails with 21 percent, with Webb with 16 percent and Bush with 14 percent.
Kaine leads among independents with 36 percent of support, while Webb is ahead with 36 and Webb with 25 percent.
The poll shows a wide split between those who say they are voting for one candidate and those who are voting against another.
Among those who said they were voting for the Democrat, Biden is ahead by seven points, while Trump leads among those who call themselves voting for him by 14 points.
Among registered voters, Trump leads in Virginia by nine points, 46 percent to 35 percent.
But among registered voters who are registered as independents, Trump is leading by nine, 45 percent to 38 percent.
Among independents who are not registered as Democrats, Biden leads by 12, 42 percent to 33 percent.