Home Poll: 2017 Virginia governor race wide open

Poll: 2017 Virginia governor race wide open


virginia general assemblyVirginia Republican voters don’t know who they want to run for governor next year, and voters in general are undecided on who should win in the fall race.

This from a new poll of the Old Dominion from Public Policy Polling.

Democrats are at least settled on a candidate, with Attorney General Mark Herring’s move last summer to step aside in favor of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Northam isn’t particularly well-known, registering at 34 percent name recognition in the PPP survey.

Republican Ed Gillespie is the best-known candidate, at 42 percent, on the heels of his near-upset of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in 2014.

Two other potential GOP candidates aren’t nearly as well-known with voters: Corey Stewart at 25 percent, and Rob Wittman at 25 percent.

Gillespie has the early lead in that three-way race among Republican voters, at 29 percent, to 16 percent for Wittman and 13 percent for Stewart.

The three hypothetical November 2017 matchups are dead heats: Gillespie leads Northam 37-36, Wittman and Northam are tied at 34, and Northam has a 34-32 lead on Stewart.

More from the poll: click here.



Have a guest column, letter to the editor, story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.

Latest News

missing person

Police: Charlottesville family concerned about 23-year-old man last seen in May

college world series

Live Coverage: UVA faces North Carolina on opening day of 2024 College World Series

UVA (46-15), the #12 national seed, faces North Carolina (47-14), the #4 national seed, in the opening game of the 2024 College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha.

elijah gertrude

Breaking News: UVA finally confirms Elijah Gertrude out for 2024-2025 season

It’s finally official: UVA Basketball announced Friday, in a conveniently timed news dump, with the focus of the UVA Athletics fan base on the College World Series, that Elijah Gertrude is out for the season after a scooter accident on April 30.

family concept two boys IVF twins
Health, Politics, U.S. & World News

‘How dare you?’: Senate Republicans reject legislation to protect IVF access

woman inside her home with hand fan
U.S. & World News

Beating the extreme heat: Funds available for AC for families in public housing

richard sanders and weapons seized

Charlottesville: Man arrested with machine gun in Tonsler Park

road work

Traffic alert: Travel lane shifts in Harrisonburg on westbound Route 33 begin June 18