Latest Poll Shows Virginia Senate Race with Seven Point Gap

A new poll is showing that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner is leading Republican opponent Ed Gillespie by a mere 7 points, with less than a week before the midterm elections, reports The Washington Post.

The survey conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows that Warner (D) is leading Gillespie by a 51 to 44 margin. Only two percent of those surveyed chose the Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis.

Since the last poll on Oct. 7, Warner has not lost support; however, Gillespie support has grown as the pool of voters who were supporting Sarvis and who were undecided has shrunk.

More competition in the race has been consistently shown by polls as the election draws near, and this one finds that Gillespie is closer than he was on any of the previous surveys.

Warner still maintains a solid lead that would be hard for Gillespie to overcome with such a short time left. Warner remains more popular with Democrats than Gillespie is with Republicans, and he also wins the majority of independents and self-described moderates.

“The Warner advantages…that he was in a strong position within his own party, had a solid toe-hold with Republicans, and had a good position amongst ideological moderates-seem to have held from start-to finish” remarked Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center.

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