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Poll: Dems hold double-digit leads in Virginia governor race

Greg Nash

Virginia Democrats hold double-digit leads in potential matchups for the state’s gubernatorial race, according to a new survey.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds that in the Democratic primary race for governor, former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam are locked in a tight race.

Perriello has 25 percent support, compared to Northam at 20 percent, while 51 percent are undecided.

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie leads the GOP primary with 28 percent support, more than twice as much as his closest competitor, Prince William County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who is at 12 percent.

{mosads}In potential general election matchups, both Democratic candidates have a double-digit lead over Gillespie.

In a matchup between Perriello and Gillespie, Perriello leads 46 to 33 percent. In a possible general election matchup between Northam and Gillespie, Northam leads 44 to 33 percent.

poll conducted last month showed a much closer race between Gillespie and potential Democratic challengers.

That survey, from Christopher Newport University, showed voters split 40 to 39 percent, respectively, in a matchup between Gillespie and Northam.

In a matchup between Gillespie and Perriello, voters were tied, with each candidate garnering 39 percent support, according to that poll.

The Quinnipiac poll also finds Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) leading in the 2018 Senate race over two possible Republican challengers: conservative commentator Laura Ingraham and former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

Kaine leads Ingraham by 21 points, 56 to 35 percent, and leads Fiorina by 24 points, 57 to 33 percent.

The poll of 1,115 Virginia voters was conducted April 6-10 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percent.

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