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Poll: Gillespie Closes In on Warner in Va. Senate Race

By    |   Friday, 31 October 2014 05:42 PM

Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie is within striking distance of upsetting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, according to a new poll.

The Daily Caller reports that Warner, a former governor and freshman senator, leads Gillespie by a 44-40 percent tally in a poll taken by Vox Populi, a Republican-leaning pollster. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received 5 percent of the vote.

Vox Populi said it surveyed 734 "active voters taken from a listed sample of registered voters who voted in the 2010 or 2012 general election or registered since the 2012 general election." The poll, which has a 3.6 percent margin of error, was conducted Oct. 27-28.

If correct, the poll indicates a huge resurgence by the underdog Gillespie against Warner, a heavy favorite to win re-election. In 2008, Warner won a 31-point landslide victory over former Gov. Jim Gilmore, and Gillespie points to polls earlier this year showing him trailing Warner by 29 points.

While some observers may be inclined to discount the Vox Populi survey because of the pollster’s Republican leanings, a note of caution is in order. Earlier this year, the Daily Caller observed, Vox Populi was the only polling firm to show that former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was struggling in his primary race.

Cantor went on to lose that primary in arguably the most surprising political upset of 2014.

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