Saturday, 25 November, 2017

In Virginia governor's race, Northam leads Gillespie in cash

WaPo Slams Northam Hard on Education, But… Northam clings to lead in Virginia governor's race
Erik Tate | 19 October, 2017, 00:46

President Barack Obama is traveling to Virginia to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam in a rally scheduled for Thursday in Richmond.

The poll shows 48 percent of likely voters support Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and 47 percent support Northam, the commonwealth's current lieutenant governor.

It's worth considering for a moment, too, how Northam's campaign and the mainstream media would've reacted had it been Republican candidate Ed Gillespie who erased a black running mate from certain campaign ads. Libertarian Cliff Hyra has 3% in the poll. Last month, Northam had a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Gillespie.

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It marked the first time New England trailed by 14 or more in the first half since Week 4 of the 2014 season at Kansas City. On the ground, Dion Lewis rushed for 53 yards in seven carries while Mike Gillislee added 52 yards in 12 attempts.

This poll comes just a day after a Wason Center poll showed Northam with a 4 point lead, which falls within that poll's margin of error.

"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", Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.

Almost half of the likely voters in Virginia (45%) say they see their vote for governor as a way to send a message to Trump and the Republicans who control Congress. Almost 3 out of 4 Independents (71%) say Trump is not a factor in their choice. It's remarkable that a candidate who has always been favored to win the race - and who now serves as second-in-command to the state's fairly popular Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe - has to both pacify union supporters and appease environmentalists in order to piece together a November victory.

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