Poll: Dems in close race for Virginia governor nomination

Poll: Dems in close race for Virginia governor nomination
© Greg Nash

Virginia Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam are neck-and-neck in their party’s gubernatorial primary, according to a new poll.

Two points separate the pair in The Washington Post-Schar School survey released Thursday.

Forty percent of likely Democratic voters favor Perriello, a former House representative.


Thirty-eight percent prefer Northam, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, while 1 percent supports another candidate.

Northam has received the endorsement of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is leaving office due to term limits.

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Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman who ran for Senate in 2014, is widely considered the GOP gubernatorial primary’s frontrunner.

Corey Stewart, former co-chairman of President Trump’s Virginia campaign, is another Republican contender, as is state Sen. Frank Wagner.

The Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees will ultimately meet in a general election on Nov. 7.

Pollsters conducted cell and landline telephone interviews of 351 likely voters in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor from May 9-14. Their findings have a 6 percent margin of error.