Race Tightens for Virginia Governor

Lawrence Kim
October 18, 2017

The Wason Center for Public Policy has released its second tracking poll of voters for next month's election for governor.

"Ed Gillespie in 2014 closed in the last week or two against Mark Warner and nearly defeated him, and nearly four years ago in the gubernatorial election all the polls had Terry McAuliffe with a very comfortable margin going into the election, and we all know it was a very narrow margin in the end", Wilson said.

In another Virginia poll, Christopher Newport University says that Northam has a four point lead over Gillespie. Just 24 percent of responders said the opposite, that they only trust Northam on crime.

"This has never been more than a five point race in Monmouth's polling, and that means either candidate has a very real shot at winning this thing", said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Jill Vogel, the party's nominee for lieutenant governor and John Adams, the Republican candidate for attorney general.

The percentage difference falls within the poll's margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.2 percent.

A week before, Northam's lead was 7 points: 49 to 42 percent. In the group's benchmark poll from September 25, Northam led by 6 percent.

The poll was conducted October 9-13 and the results were from 642 likely voters.

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