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Northam, Perriello Tied in Early Poll

Gillespie is airing a radio ad attacking Northam.

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Zach C. Cohen
Jan. 25, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) and former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) re­main largely un­known in a new poll from Roan­oke Col­lege (Jan. 15-20; 606 res­id­ents; 4%). “Northam has a fa­vor­able rat­ing of 8 per­cent with 5 per­cent un­fa­vor­able. … Gillespie … fares sim­il­arly with 14 per­cent fa­vor­able, 10 per­cent un­fa­vor­able.”

In the Demo­crat­ic primary, Northam and former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) are tied at 12% apiece.

In the Re­pub­lic­an primary, Gillespie with 24% bests state Sen. Frank Wag­n­er (R) (8%), Prince Wil­li­am County Board of Su­per­visors Chair­man Corey Stew­art (R) (4%), and dis­til­lery own­er Den­ver Riggle­man (R) (1%).

In hy­po­thet­ic­al gen­er­al elec­tion match­ups:

Northam vs. Gillespie: 32-29%
Northam vs. Stew­art: 35-24%
Northam vs. Wag­n­er: 35-25%
Per­ri­ello vs. Gillespie: 33-30%
Per­ri­ello vs. Stew­art: 32-26%
Per­ri­ello vs. Wag­n­er: 32-27% (re­lease)

ON OF­FENSE. Gillespie “has been air­ing a ra­dio ad … on con­ser­vat­ive ra­dio host John Fre­d­er­icks’ show since the be­gin­ning of Janu­ary. … ‘Vir­gin­ia’s eco­nomy is lag­ging be­hind oth­er states be­cause of the failed policies of Terry McAul­iffe and Ral­ph Northam,’ a nar­rat­or says in the spot. ‘Con­ser­vat­ive en­tre­pren­eur Ed Gillespie knows the policies we need to cre­ate jobs.’ The ad goes on to high­light Gillespie’s busi­ness ex­per­i­ence and his work on the Con­tract with Amer­ica and says he’ll end ‘cor­por­ate wel­fare’ and pro­mote school choice.” (Politico)

JUST BARELY D.C. OUT­SIDERS. Northam’s cam­paign on Tues­day an­nounced the en­dorse­ments of over two dozen polit­ic­al lead­ers from Al­ex­an­dria, in­clud­ing May­or Al­lis­on Sil­ber­berg (D), city coun­cil­mem­bers, state sen­at­ors, and del­eg­ates. (re­lease)

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