A new University of Mary Washington poll in Virginia finds Ralph Northam (D) leading Ed Gillespie (R) in the race for governor, 44% to 39%.
A new Suffolk University poll finds the race evenly split at 42% each.
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds Ralph Northam (D) leading Ed Gillespie (R) by six points in the race for governor, 44% to 38%.
A new Virginia Commonwealth University poll finds Ralph Northam (D) leading Ed Gillespie (R) in the Virginia governor’s race among likely voters, 42% to 37%.
A new Monmouth poll in Virginia finds Ed Gillespie (R) and Ralph Northam (D) in a tie in the race for Virginia governor, 44% to 44%.
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia shows Ralph Northam (D) leading Ed Gillespie (R) in the Virginia governor’s race by eight points, 47% to 39%.
Key finding: Just 25% of voters said they were more likely to vote for a candidate supporting President Trump, and 46% said they were less likely to vote for a Trump-friendly candidate.
First Read: “Democrats start out with the advantage in this fall’s Northam-vs.-Gillespie general election. One, turnout suggests Democrats have enthusiasm on their side: There were more than 540,000 votes in the two-person Dem race, while the three-person GOP contest had 366,000 votes. (That turnout disparity looks like New Jersey, not Virginia.) Two, Democrats today hold a unity event with Northam and Perriello, while Republicans aren’t unified. ‘There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s ‘unity,’’ Stewart told supporters, per the Washington Post. And three, President Trump’s job approval rating in Virginia is in the 30s. Add them all up, and you’d rather be Ralph Northam than Ed Gillespie, although we still have five months to go.”
Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, “backed by almost every Democratic elected official in the state, defeated the populist campaign of former congressman Tom Perriello, who had the support of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, in a race that resembled the national party’s struggle over its future direction,” the Washington Post reports.
In the Republican race, Ed Gillespie “was hoping to fend off a stronger-than-expected challenge from rival Corey Stewart, whose strength was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night.”
A new Washington Post-Schar School poll in Virginia finds Ed Gillespie (R), who has a wide lead in the Republican party’s three-way primary race, trails both Democratic candidates for governor by almost identical margins: Tom Perriello (D) by 50% to 37%, and Ralph Northam (D) by 49% to 38% among registered voters.
A new Washington Post-Schar School poll in Virginia finds the Democratic race for governor very close, with Tom Perriello (D) at 40% and Ralph Northam (D) at 38%.
Key finding: “Perriello leads by 18 points among Democratic-leaning registered voters who wanted Sanders to win the party’s presidential nomination last year, while Clinton voters split 35 percent for Northam and 34 percent for Perriello.”
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds both Democratic candidates lead likely Republican candidate Ed Gillespie (R) in the race governor.
Key finding: President Trump’s approval rate is just 36%.
A new Christopher Newport University poll in Virginia finds Tom Perriello (D) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tied at 26% in the Democratic race for governor.
On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie leads with 38%, followed by Corey Stewart at 11% and Frank Wagner at 10%).
Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) is considering a bid for Virginia governor, “a move that would disrupt Democrats’ well-laid plans in perhaps the highest-profile election in the country this year,” the New York Times reports.
“Mr. Perriello, a State Department official who is close to President Obama, has told several Democrats that he is close to deciding whether to run in the party’s June 13 primary, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the conversations.”
A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) edges former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) in a general election matchup for governor, 38% to 34%, and has wider leads over other Republicans.
Virginia voters approve of the job Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is doing by 52% to 30%.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) “is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit,” CNN reports.
Ken Cuccinelli (R) said “that he will not run again for governor, scrambling the contest and opening the door for a far-right conservative to vie for the Republican nomination in 2017,” the Washington Post reports.
“Ed Gillespie, who nearly pulled off an upset in Virginia’s Senate race, conceded the battle Friday to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner. The former Republican National Committee head also told Politico this week that he isn’t planning to run for governor, despite predictions he would do so if he failed to reach the Senate.”
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country.
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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