Virginia Close In Statewide Battles

By john Celock

Democrats maintain narrow leads in the battle for Virginia’s three statewide offices a new poll shows.

A Suffolk University Poll released Thursday shows Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam with a four-point lead over Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the state’s gubernatorial race. The race between Northam and Gillespie has gotten closer in recent weeks with Gillespie cutting into Northam’s lead in Virginia’s coastal regions.

The poll showed Northam leading 47 to 43 over Gillespie. The race between the two has had poll results swinging between the two candidates in recent days. The pair are vying in succeed term limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in the nation’s most competitive statewide race of the year.

Libertarian nominee Cliff Hyra polled at two percent.

The battle to succeed Northam shows Democratic nominee Justin Fairfax leading Republican state Sen. Jill Vogel 44 percent t 40 percent. The lieutenant governor’s race between Fairfax and Vogel has attracted little attention, with much of the attention focused on the gubernatorial race.

In the race for attorney general, Democratic incumbent Mark Herring holds a narrow 43.8 percent lead over Republican John Adams at 42 percent. The poll shows that the attorney general’s race could again be Virginia’s closest statewide contest, with Herring defeating Republican Mark Obenshain by 907 votes four years ago.