Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

New CNU Wasson Center poll shows Governor's race tightening

New CNU Wasson Center poll shows Governor's race tightening

The poll shows Democrat Ralph Northam still leading Republican Ed Gillespie 48-to-44-percent, but Poll Assistant Director Rachel Bitecofer says the significance is it's for the first time within the 4-point error margin.

This is the first poll that shows Gillespie ahead in the race. Bitecofer says even with a weak 3rd party candidate (Libertarian Cliff Hyra comes in at 3%), the victor may not cross the 50% mark.

The Northam campaign told the Washington Examiner that there was no malice behind the adjustment of the ad, calling it "fairly innocuous".

Gillespie raked in $2 million from the Republican Governors Association, which previously gave $3 million. It's remarkable that a candidate who has always been favored to win the race - and who now serves as second-in-command to the state's fairly popular Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe - has to both pacify union supporters and appease environmentalists in order to piece together a November victory. The former Republican National Committee chairman enjoyed a cash advantage over Northam after the June primaries but has struggled to match the Democrat's fundraising prowess in recent months.

Gillespie picked up the pace in September, bringing his total election-year haul to $13 million.

But, as the money trackers at the Virginia Public Access Project point out, at this point in the 2013 race, Gov.

Major donors to Gillespie include several wealthy businessmen, including Houston Texans owner Robert C. McNair, former President George W. Bush and the tobacco giant Altria. The GOP's Ken Cuccinelli raised $14.8 million.

The Republican Attorneys General Association has since helped refill Adams's coffers, pouring in $1.6 million in October. Fairfax bested, but Vogel did not, the $1.8 million Northam raised for his 2013 run and the $1.7 million Tim Kaine raised for his 2001 lieutenant governor race.

Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, has been able to count on her father, megadonor William B. Holtzman, for help in the final stretch of earlier campaigns.

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