Latest poll shows tight race for Virginia governor's race


According to the latest poll from Christopher Newport University, the race for Virginia's next governor has gotten tighter.

The poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy shows Democratic candidate Ralph Northam is the choice for 48 percent of likely voters surveyed, while Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate, has 44 percent of likely voters behind him.

The poll shows Libertarian Cliff Hyra has 3 percent of likely voters.

According to the Wason Center for Public Policy, 5 percent of those surveyed are undecided.

This is the first survey in the tracking series the university released that shows Northam's lead shrinking, and put it within the margin of error.

"With even a weak third-party candidate on the ballot, the winner may not cross the 50% mark," said Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center. "But there's plenty of room and time left for Northam to close the deal or for Gillespie to close the gap."

The Wason Center surveyed 1,085 registered voters, including 642 who were determined to be likely voters, October 9-13. The results reported here are of those 642 likely voters, which carry a margin of error of +/- 4.2% at the 95% level of confidence.

Likely voters are registered voters with a history of voting in recent statewide elections, who also say they definitely or probably will vote in the upcoming election.

The latest poll did not assess the races for lieutenant governor or attorney general, but those will be included in the Wason Center's two remaining tracking surveys before Election Day, Nov. 7.