May 18, 2022

Republican Seizes Lead In Virginia Governor Race

In a new Quinnipiac University poll released today, Republican Ed Gillespie has seized a nine-point lead over Democrat Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor race. The poll shows that 49% of likely voters would vote for Gillespie if they were to head out to the polls tomorrow, while only 40% would vote for Northam. This is not good news for Democrats as Republicans have been pushing hard on the campaign trail and it seems as though their efforts are paying off come election day. The polling took place between October 29th and November 4th during the height of the controversial Senate hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The poll also revealed that if voters were to cast their vote on the basis of parties, 50% would choose Republicans while only 36% would go with Democrats. It is believed by many pollsters that these numbers are because of the left’s attempts to block President Trump’s agenda being outed by Democratic leaders. Virginia voters are deeply divided along partisan lines whether you look at the statewide results or those in individual regions, Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s poll, said.

When asked about their opinions on Kavanaugh, 38% said they were in favor of his nomination while 39% said they were not.

The numbers are far closer than those in previous polls that were released earlier this month that showed 50% of voters against Kavanaugh’s nomination with only 33% saying they would vote for his confirmation.

 

It is believed by many Republicans that the recent controversy surrounding Kavanaugh has increased voter engagement, especially among Republican-leaning voters who might have otherwise ignored the elections.

The poll was conducted by telephone from October 29-November 4, 2018 with 807 likely Virginia voters. The margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via cell phone or Landline while 20% of respondents who participated answered over the phone.

As we can see from this new poll, Gillespie has gained serious ground and is on the verge of winning the election for himself and other Republicans on the ticket next week. It also appears as though more people are in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination than were previously; however, since more Democrats oppose him than Republicans support him, we can assume that this will not help Gillespie and other Republicans on the ballot.

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It is believed that the recent controversy surrounding Kavanaugh has increased voter engagement, especially among Republican-leaning voters who might have otherwise ignored the elections.

It is believed that the recent controversy surrounding Kavanaugh has increased voter engagement, especially among Republican-leaning voters who might have otherwise ignored the elections.