The critical Virginia gubernatorial race has tightened in the final weeks of the race, with Republican Ed Gillespie leading Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) by 1 point, according to a new poll.
A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday shows Gillespie with 48 percent of support from likely voters compared to Northam’s 47 percent. Libertarian Cliff Hyra received 3 percent of the vote, while another 3 percent are undecided.
This is the first public poll that shows Gillespie leading, but it is within the survey’s margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. Monmouth University’s poll from last month had Northam leading by 5 points, 49 to 44 percent.
“This has never been more than a five point race in Monmouth’s polling, and that means either candidate has a very real shot at winning this thing,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “We have seen lots of little movement that has either helped or hurt each candidate but with neither one being able to break out.”
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