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Poll: Dem Northam Leading Republican Gillespie in Va. Governor's Race

Poll: Dem Northam Leading Republican Gillespie in Va. Governor's Race
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (Steve Helber/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:57 PM

Democrat Ralph Northam is favored by 53 percent of voters in the race for Virginia governor, while his Republican opponent is backed by 39 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Here are the highlights of the poll released Wednesday:

  • 92 percent of Republicans back Gillespie, compared to 5 percent for Northam, who now serves as lieutenant governor
  • 93 percent of Democrats support Northam, while 2 percent back Gillespie
  • 53 percent of independents favor Northam, compared to 39 percent who support Gillespie
  • 62 percent of all those polled in Virginia disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, while 35 percent approve of it

"The drag from President Donald Trump's unpopularity on Republican Gillespie is gigantic," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "President Trump has a 35 percent approval rating in the Old Dominion - a very low number by historical standards."

The poll, conducted Oct. 12 to 7, surveyed 1,088 likely voters in Virginia. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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Democrat Ralph Northam is favored by 53 percent of voters in the race for Virginia governor, while his Republican opponent is backed by 39 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
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