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Northam Ads Talk Jobs, Guns

Polls show Northam, Gillespie leading their primaries.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 16, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) re­leased two new TV ads on Tues­day.

One fea­tures the moth­er of a vic­tim of the 2007 Vir­gin­ia Tech shoot­ing say­ing Northam “agreed to take on the NRA” while rep­res­ent­ing “a con­ser­vat­ive dis­trict.”

The oth­er fo­cuses on jobs and edu­ca­tion, in­clud­ing his call for free commnity col­lege. (re­lease)

POLL TESTED. Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) leads Prince Wil­li­am County Su­per­visors Chair Corey Stew­art (R) and state Sen. Frank Wag­n­er (R) in the primary 38-18-15%, ac­cord­ing to a new Wash­ing­ton Post-Schar School poll (May 9-14; 264 Re­pub­lic­an LVs; +/-7%). Gillespie “en­joys stronger sup­port in nearly all re­gions of the state and among vari­ous demo­graph­ic groups than either of the two oth­er Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates. … Six in 10 likely Re­pub­lic­an voters see Gillespie as the most elect­able in the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion com­pared with his rivals.”

Pres­id­ent Trump’s “ap­prov­al rat­ing among all Vir­gin­ia res­id­ents is 36 per­cent. … 52 per­cent strongly dis­ap­prove” of his job per­form­ance.” (1,602 adults; +/-4.5%) (Wash­ing­ton Post)

Northam leads former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) 45-35%, ac­cord­ing to a new Pub­lic Policy Polling (D) (IVR + In­ter­net) poll (May 9-10; 745 Demo­crat­ic LVs; +/-3.65) con­duc­ted for the Vir­gin­ia Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation, which has en­dorsed Northam. Northam does bet­ter in Nor­folk and Rich­mond, but the two are stat­ist­ic­ally tied in North­ern Vir­gin­ia.

“Northam and Per­ri­ello have equal amounts of name re­cog­ni­tion, with each can­did­ate known to 65% of voters. … 58% of voters see [Northam] pos­it­ively to 7% with a neg­at­ive opin­ion, for a net fa­vor­ab­il­ity of +51. Per­ri­ello, by con­trast, is at +41, with 53% rat­ing him fa­vor­ably and 12% un­fa­vor­ably.”

“Northam is par­tic­u­larly strong both with Afric­an Amer­ic­ans and with seni­ors.” (re­lease)

DATLELINE CHAR­LOTTES­VILLE. Per­ri­ello on Monday “called for a state-wide com­mis­sion on ra­cial heal­ing and trans­form­a­tion. Second, he said that it is time to re­tire the tra­di­tion of hon­or­ing Lee-Jack­son day every year.” (WVIR)

“In a Face­book live event billed as Stew­art’s first com­ment on Sat­urday’s torch-lit rally around a statue of Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Stew­art did not dir­ectly men­tion Richard Spen­cer or oth­er ‘alt-right’ fig­ures in­volved in the white-pride event.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

“[O]ver the three months of the cam­paign, Stew­art … has tweeted nu­mer­ous times about is­sues that would ap­pear to con­cern only the most en­trenched neo-Con­fed­er­ate. … Though he lacks Trump’s money and uni­ver­sal name iden­ti­fic­a­tion, two things Stew­art’s lead­ing op­pon­ent Ed Gillespie has a leg up on, Stew­art thinks he can make up for it with out­rageous­ness. This bold gam­bit is not something Stew­art is ashamed of dis­cuss­ing.” (Politico)

BRING IN BACKUP. “White House press sec­ret­ary Sean Spicer will head­line a fun­draiser for the Vir­gin­ia Re­pub­lic­an Party on Thursday at Trump Na­tion­al Golf Club.” (Na­tion­al Journ­al)

Prince Ed­ward County Demo­crat­ic Com­mit­tee Chair Taikein Cooper, who had pre­vi­ously backed Northam, en­dorsed Per­ri­ello. (Blue Vir­gin­ia)

FOR THE RE­CORD. Amer­ic­an Bridge high­lighted an in­ter­view on WMAL in which Gillespie said he has “a lot of friends, ob­vi­ously, work­ing in this ad­min­is­tra­tion - in the White House. … I will get my calls re­turned.” (re­lease)

“A spokes­man for Mr. Gillespie said the can­did­ate writes his own tweets.” (Wall Street Journ­al)

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