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Democrat Ralph Northam Maintains Lead Over Republican Ed Gillespie in New Poll

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    Democrat Ralph Northam Maintains Lead Over Republican Ed Gillespie in New Poll
    Ralph Northam (left); Ed Gillespie (right)

    With just one month to go until Election Day, Democrat Ralph Northam is maintaining his lead over Republican Ed Gillespie. 

    Northam's lead over Gilliespie has increased slightly, according to a new tracking poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    According to the poll released Monday, 49 percent of voters prefer Northam while 42 percent say they would vote for Gillespie. Three percent of voters polled in the survey chose Libertarian Cliff Hyra, and 6 percent said they were  undecided.

    “The movement we see in this tracking poll runs in the Democrats’ favor, and all three continue to hold their advantage,” said Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center.

    According to the survey, voting trends continue to favor the Democratic party in the other statewide races. 

    Democrat Justin Fairfax is ahead of Republican state Senator Jill Vogel 48 percent to 40 percent in the lieutenant governor’s race while current Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring leads former federal prosecutor and White House aide John Adams by 11 points in the race for attorney general. 

    Virginia is one of only two states electing governors in 2017, and the contest is getting national attention as a potential early referendum on the president's first year.