Democrat Northam Removes Running Mate from Ads to Appease Virginia Union Supporters

Posted October 19, 2017

"Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's 14-point lead among independent voters is all you need to know about the race to be Virginia's next governor", said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Both Gillespie and Northam have high profile supporters making visits on their behalf this week.

Northam's big donors included unions and special interest groups like Planned Parenthood and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as best-selling authors John Grisham and David Baldacci. "This year, it looks like Donald Trump's unpopularity is nudging them in that direction again". The poll from Monmouth University has Gillespie leading 48 percent to 47 percent over Northam, with Hyra polling 3 percent and 3 percent undecided.

About 1 in 4 Gillespie voters (26%) say their vote is a message of support for Trump and the Republicans in Congress, while a strong majority of Gillespie voters (69%) say no message intended in their vote. "But there's plenty of room and time left for Northam to close the deal or for Gillespie to close the gap".

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In northern Virginia, however, more than half (54 percent) say Mr. Trump is a factor in their vote. Democrats are hoping anti-Trump sentiment will allow them to sweep all three statewide races and make serious gains in the Republican-controlled state House.

An August NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 51 percent of Americans said they have a favorable opinion of Obama, while 35 percent had a negative opinion.

Election Day is November 7, 2017.