Republican Ed Gillespie is gaining strength in the campaign for governor of Virginia, a race Democrats are trying to make a referendum on President Donald Trump, according to a new poll by Monmouth University.
Monmouth's last poll, which was conducted last month, showed Northam with 49 percent of the votes to Gillespie's 44 percent.
Gillespie reported raising $4.4 million, with $2.5 million cash on hand for the same period. The former Republican National Committee chairman took in almost $4.4 million in September. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the city of Richmond by more than 65,000 votes in December.
Meanwhile, a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that Northam now holds a 14-point voter lead in the region, with 53-39 in support of the Democrat.
"Virginians from across the Commonwealth support Dr. Northam because they know he will bring economic opportunity for all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live", said campaign manager Brad Komar.
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Overall in Virginia, although nearly 1 in 3 voters cite Trump as a factor in their choice, a strong majority of Gillespie voters (75%) say the president is not a factor, and a majority (58%) of Northam voters also say he is not a factor. "Clearly, a quarter of likely voters didn't get the message".
Major donors to Gillespie include several wealthy businessmen, including Houston Texans owner Robert C. McNair, former President George W. Bush and the tobacco giant Altria.
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Election day is November 7.