Northam still leads, but race tightens

Poll: Northam still leads, but race tightens

Northam's lead shrinks to 4 points in new poll

Two Virginia polls were released this morning showing Governor Candidate Ralph Northam's lead over Ed Gillespie.

A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday shows Gillespie with 48 percent of support from likely voters compared to Northam's 47 percent.

This is the first public poll that shows Gillespie leading, but it is within the survey's margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

A new Christopher Newport University Wasson Center poll shows the Virginia governor's race tightening as we head closer to Election Day November 7th.

Of course, no single poll can reliably predict the outcome of an election.

Northam picked up votes in the northern part of the state, while Gillespie has extended his lead in the more conservative western region. "This is a game of inches right now, so any small advantage counts".

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Economic issues were identified as the most important by 18 percent of the respondents while health care was named the most important issue by 16 percent of likely voters.

"Painting Northam as soft on crime, especially with the MS-13 gang spots, appears to have been effective", said Murray.

Gillespie might have found a winning strategy in striking at Northam over crime in the area, where the Democrat is seen as weaker than the Republican candidate on the issue.

Poll officials suggest that Northam's lead loss may be directly impacted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe's approval rating, which fell to 49 percent this month - a 6-point decrease from September polls.

According to a third poll, Gillespie may be doing just that.

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