Race for governor of Virginia tightens as Gillespie pulls ahead in new poll

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The contentious Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will be decided on Tuesday, November 7. On Saturday, the latest polls are showing that Gillespie is now narrowly leading Northam

A new poll of likely Virginia voters was released by Republican firm Optimus/Firehouse Strategies. Taken over Wednesday and Thursday, the poll shows Gillespie in the lead by 3 points, 40.4 percent to 37.4 percent.

Real Clear Politics still shows Gillespie trailing Northam overall, but he’s closed the gap from +6.8 on October 11 to just +1.2 on November 2.

Two recent polls, Rassmussen Reports and Roanoke College, show the two candidates are locked in a tie.

The Virginia election has received attention from national political figures, with Presidents Barack Obama (D) and George W. Bush (R) each campaigning for their party’s nominee.

Northam’s supporters have mounted several attacks on Gillespie, linking him to President Donald Trump and  insinuating racism and intolerance. In one especially disturbing attack video from the Latino Victory Foundation, titled “American Nightmare,” young black, Muslim and Latino children are hunted and chased by a man in a pickup truck, who is displaying support for Gillespie.

As the pickup truck approaches, one is heard yelling “run!” to the others. They run from the vehicle in fear until the children wake up from their “nightmare.”

The announcer says, “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American Dream?” as a nighttime parade of torch-bearing people dressed in white are shown on the family TV. Watch the ad HERE.

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