Democrat Narrow Path to Win the VA Governor Election

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in Virginia to pick the state’s next governor in a close race between Democratic candidate Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie.

Virginia should be favorable territory for Democrats. The current governor, Terry McAuliffe, is a Democrat. Hillary Clinton won the state in the last presidential election. And only 41 percent of likely voters approve of President Trump in the state, according to a Monmouth University poll published on Monday. Yet the race has become a nail-biter. Northam only has a narrow lead in polling averagesand Gillespie has gained ground over the past month.  

The Atlantic reported Monday If Democrats lose, it will chip away at the party’s already diminished grip on state politics and exacerbate in-fighting between progressives and moderates over the best way to win races. 

Former President Barack Obama, right, gestures as he delivers a speech with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, during a rally in Richmond, Virginia, on October 19, 2017. AP / Steve Helber

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