According to the latest Roanoke College poll, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northum are tied at 47% in their race for Governor. Three percent of voters prefer libertarian Cliff Hyra and 3% remain undecided.
In the race for Lt. Governor Republican Jill Vogel and Democrat Justin Fairfax are tied at 45% each. The contest for Attorney General is also tied with both Republican John Adams and Democrat Mark Herring tied at 46%.
The most important issues to voters are the economy and healthcare.
Which candidate would do a better job on the issues?
• Economy: 47%
• Healthcare: 37%
• Jobs: 44%
• Immigration: 44%
• Education: 40%
• Taxes: 47%
• Guns: 45%
• Economy: 39%
• Health Care: 49%
• Jobs: 40%
• Immigration: 39%
• Education: 46%
• Taxes: 37%
• Guns: 39%
“Gillespie has improved his position among self-identified Independents,” said Harry Wilson, director of the Roanoke College Poll. “More of those respondents say they lean toward the Republicans than we saw in our most recent poll and they moved the results favorably toward Gillespie and Republicans, but not President Trump. As we noted in the last poll, Republicans closed well in the 2013 and 2014 elections. This one may be following the same script.
Among two important groups, Northam leads among ideological moderates (56%-34%), and trails Gillespie among political Independents (49%-40%). Northam has the support of 94 percent of Democrats, while Gillespie is supported by 94 percent of Republicans. Liberals favor Northam (89%-4%) while Conservatives prefer Gillespie (81%-17%).
If Republicans get out the vote on Tuesday, we win. It’s really that simple. Please vote and make sure all your friends get to the polls too.