Northam edges Gillespie in final CNU poll ahead of election

Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, left, shakes hands with Republican challenger Ed Gillespie after a debate at the University of Virginia-Wise in Wise, Va., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam held a small advantage over Ed Gillespie in a final poll from Christopher Newport University before Tuesday’s election.

The latest poll from CNU’s Wason Center for Public Policy shows Northam with a 51 to 45 percent lead over his Republican counterpart. Both candidates are vying to become Virginia’s next governor.

Credit: CNU Wason Center for Public Policy.

The 6 percent margin is similar to what likely voters have been reporting in CNU’s polls for the 2017 Election — dating back to late-September.

Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra polled at 2 percent, with another 2 percent of likely voters saying they were undecided.

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