Poll: Northam's lead grows to 17 points over Gillespie

Poll: Northam's lead grows to 17 points over Gillespie

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Quinnipiac poll released Monday shows that Democrat Ralph Northam has a 17-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia's governor.

Northam's support is at  53 percent compared to Gillespie's 36 percent -- a 4-point increase from a poll released earlier in October. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra has 3 percent of the support.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, says that Trump's approval rating has dipped to 34 percent, which has impacted Gillespie's campaign.

"In 2014, Republican Ed Gillespie came oh-so-close to upsetting Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, at least in part because 2014 was a Republican year and Gillespie benefited from the national pro-GOP mood. But with President Donald Trump's approval ratings in the dumpster in Virginia and in the nation, this year the shoe is on the other foot for Gillespie," said Brown.

This poll comes just days after a Wason Center poll showed Northam with a 7-point lead.

Monday's poll does not include other statewide races.

Election Day is Nov. 7.

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