Polls show tight governor’s race as Northam, Gillespie prepare for second debate (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


A University of Mary Washington poll showed Northam at 44 percent to Gillespie’s 39 percent among likely voters, with 11 percent undecided and 3 percent supporting Hyra. The survey’s margin of error for likely voters was plus or minus 5.2 percentage points. Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at UMW and director of the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said the poll results suggest neither candidate has broken out as President Donald Trump continues to take up most of the media spotlight.

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Debate will offer Northam, Gillespie a chance for breakout in tight Virginia governor’s race (Washington Times)


“For a lot of voters, this debate may be the first time to see these candidates head to head,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, which released a poll Monday showing Mr. Northam leading Mr. Gillespie by 5 percentage points.

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