Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, who is running for Virginia governor, is ahead of his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, according to poll results released Wednesday.
Gillespie is ahead of Northam by 8 percent, the Hampton University Center for Public Policy found in a poll released Wednesday. Forty-one percent of voters said they would vote for Gillespie and 33 percent said they would vote for Northam. Meanwhile, 27 percent of respondents said they were undecided.
Additionally, the poll indicated that 34 percent of voters view the economy and job creation as the biggest issue for the governor. Twenty-three percent of voters said healthcare is the biggest issue and 10 percent said education.
This is only the second poll in recent months in which Gillespie leads Northam. A Monmouth University poll of registered voters showed Gillespie with a slim 1-percent lead (48-47 percent) over Northam. Meanwhile, The latest RealClearPolitics average shows Northam holding a 5.8-percent advantage.
A total of 750 likely voters responded in the Hampton University Center for Public Policy survey, which was taken Oct. 18-22 via cell phones and landlines. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 4.2 percent for the full sample, which a press release says was attained from the registered voter list for Virginia.
The election will be held on Nov. 7.