Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) remain the best-known candidates in their respective primaries and consequently lead early ballot tests in a new Christopher Newport University poll (Jan. 15-28; 1,002 RVs; +/-3.2%).
Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D): 11-8%
Prince William County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart (R): 7-8%
State Sen. Frank Wagner (R): 9-5%
Ballot test among Democrats (464 Democratic RVs; 4.8%)
Ballot test among Republicans (418 Republican RVs; +/-5%)
Distillery owner Denver Riggleman (R): 1% (release)