New CNU Wasson Center poll shows Governor's race tightening

Katrina Barker
October 19, 2017

Libertarian Cliff Hyra has 3% in the poll.

Campaign finance reports filed late Monday show Northam raised more than $7 million in September and had about $5.7 million in the bank at the end of the month, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

The Wason Center says this is the first tracking poll in which Northam's numbers dipped while Gillespie's increased. The survey's margin of error is +/- 4.2% at the 95% level of confidence.

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.

"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".

Gillespie is emphasizing the crime issue, accusing Northam of being soft on the violent MS-13 illegal immigrant gang. Almost 3 out of 4 Independents (71%) say Trump is not a factor in their choice.

Northam had referred to Mr. Trump as a "narcissistic maniac", and was asked if he felt the president was fit for the office.

Virginia, once reliably conservative, is now a swing state.

Former President Barack Obama's rally on Thursday evening with Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, is set for the Richmond Convention Center. Virginia was the only southern state Hillary Clinton won.

Obama will first drop in on campaign workers in Newark, New Jersey, for Democratic candidate Phil Murphy and then head to Richmond to help boost Democrat Ralph Northam.

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