In a Mason Dixon poll taken this month, Republican Ed Gillespie beats Democrat Ralph Northam 44% to 41%. Gillespie wins by an even larger margin if running against Democrat Tom Perriello, 45% to 36%. If running against Republican Corey Stewart Northam wins 47% to 35%. Perriello also beats Stewart, 40% to 38%.
Ed Gillespie has the highest favorable name recognition among Republican voters but it’s only 31%, followed by Corey Stewart at 16%, Frank Wagner at 5% and Denver Riggleman at 2%.
These numbers are likely to change as the campaigns continue and all the candidates increase their name recognition.
Details of the poll here.
So Trump kills Gillespie in Favorable rating while Gillespie scores the highest in ‘neutral’? The definition of he stands for nothing that the average voters can distinguish him from any other candidate. For God’s sake Cuccinelli lost because he didn’t run against ObamaCare… his handlers wanted him for GillispieLIke. Remember that? Our winning GOP Gubernatorial candidates all ran on a central issue….
Certainly would help if 2017 GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie dealt in facts. Of course, I know it’s asking a lot for you republicans to deal in facts, but . . . we can always hope. At his snoozer of a kickoff Saturday in Virginia Beach, Gillespie rehashed old, tired rightwing talking points as well as throwing in a few . . . well, let’s say a few misleading comments.
The first nonsense comes as Gillespie whines that the 2% economic growth Virginia saw in 2015 is “lousy” and “infuriating.” Wake up, Ed . . . there are a few problems with this claim.
First: Virginia’s economic trends are heavily influenced by federal spending, in large part because Virginia has a lot of federal employees, federal installations, and federal contractors. And thanks to Ed’s Tea Party partners in crime, we ended up with “sequestration,” which began hurting the country as a whole, and Virginia disproportionately, in early 2013.
Second: Gillespie’s republicans have refused to take Medicaid expansion money from the federal government, which costs the state close to $1 billion per year in revenue sent to the feds that does not come back to Virginia.
Third: Gillespie very carefully does not mention that under republican Governor “Rolex Bob” McDonnell, Virginia’s economic growth was an anemic 0.7%, 0.6% and 0.1% in McDonnell’s last three years. 2010 was a fairly good year for Virginia under McDonnell, thanks mainly to the massive federal stimulus – which Gillespie’s republican compatriots opposed.
CONCLUSION: If Gillespie thinks that 2% economic growth under McAuliffe is “lousy,” then he also must believe that Bob McDonnell was a horrible governor and he must blame his republican colleagues in Richmond and Washington. Actually, what’s more likely is that Gillespie does not know what he’s talking about.
Gillespie also told the Virginia Beach audience he was excited about President Trump. Let’s remember that in a few months when Trump and the republicans have taken away health insurance from 340,00 Virginians, trashed social security and Medicare, and sent the nation into a deep recession.
Gillespie then outlined for the audience his brilliant ideas for increasing Virginia’s economic growth. Problem is, what he outlined was not ideas and none of it was brilliant. Gillespie just loves tax cuts for rich people and corporations, in spite of the fact there is not one shred of evidence that “trickle-down” or “supply-side” economics work.
Finally, he spewed the usual rightwing horseshit about “burdensome regulations” — I guess he didn’t get the memo confirming that Virginia is one the of the most “business-friendly” states in the country — that is light on regulations, low-tax, anti-union. He also addressed the non-existent “war on coal” then he started in on drilling off the Virginia coast, in spite of the fact that there are no proven oil reserves there and drilling would require 8 – 10 years before the first hole is punched.
Face it . . . Gillespie is just another puddle of warmed-over republican spit.
Wow – sounds like someone is a wee bit bitter today. And to the ridiculous comment that supply side economics never worked, one should look back to the Reagan economy. To the JFK economy, to the Thomas Jefferson economy. Fact is that tax cuts work whenever they are enacted. Nice try though.
Polls.,,, How did that work out for Hillary?
The problem is that the polls do not capture now how Northern Virginia voters will be allowing the Washington Post to brainwash them over the next 11 months into believing that Gillespie/Riggleman/Stewart/and Wagner are all Darth Vaders and Northam and Perriello are both Luke Skywalkers.
Duh, if a poll says something, then by golly THAT must be the gospel truth./sarc. Countless polls showed Trump getting a shellacing in the primaries, and the general too.
Past is often prolog. Enron Ed lost to the Democrat the last time he ran for statewide office.
Vote Denver for governor!
Actually Ed nearly won a race no one (INCLUDING YOU) thought he or anyone could win. #EdGillespie2017
Yeah, it’s going to take a few cycles for me to trust polls again.
Don’t feel that way. I know some guys from Warsaw who are very trustworthy. ☺
Maybe the would be more accurate if they polled white working men.
Didn’t (my) President receive 8 out of 10 white working class men.
Republicans count on this in months leading up to Nov.
The Dems. will combat you on these issues;
1 You want to take away women’s health care.
2 Your racist.
The question is;
Can Va. Republicans come up with policy that is acceptable to more than just a party or the future political wanna bees.