New Poll Shows Northam Leading Gillespie in Virginia

Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center poll released Monday showed Democrat Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

  • Ed Gillespie (R): 41 percent
  • Ralph Northam (D): 47 percent
  • Cliff Hyra (L): 4 percent
  • Undecided: 8 percent
  • Margin of error: +/- 3.7 percent

Those sampled had voted in recent statewide elections and said they definitely or probably will vote in the November 7 election.

The Wason Poll noted:

Northam’s lead over Gillespie is built on strong support from women (+18), voters under 45 (+18), voters in Northern Virginia (+11) and Hampton Roads (+20), and ideological moderates (+26). Gillespie leads regionally in Richmond-Central Virginia (+8) and rural South and Southwest Virginia (+5), and among men (+7). Each has the overwhelming support of his party’s base, and they split independents (38% to 38%).

In the lieutenant governor and attorney general races the poll found:

  • Lieutenant Governor: Democrat Justin Fairfax (46 percent) leads Republican Jill Vogel (42 percent)
  • Attorney General: Democrat (incumbent) Mark Herring (47 percent) leads Republican John Adams (42 percent)

Dr. Quinton Kidd, director of the Wason Center, added, “Northam is doing well where he needs to do well. A Democratic plus-11 advantage in Northern Virginia and plus-20 in Hampton Roads are hard for a Republican to overcome in the rest of the state.”

Virginia’s election on November 7 will see governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all 100 members of the House of Delegates on the ballot.

Dig deeper into the Wason Poll here.

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