- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ed Gillespie holds a double-digit lead over his gubernatorial rivals in the Virginia GOP primary, according to a new poll — though half of registered Republican and Republican-leaning voters are still up for grabs.

The survey from Christopher Newport University shows Mr. Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former adviser to the-President George W. Bush, has the support of 33 percent of registered GOP voters, compared to 9 percent for state Sen. Frank Wagner, 7 percent for Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and a percent for businessman Denver Riggleman.

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam holds a 26 percent to 15 margin lead over former Rep. Tom Perriello. But nearly six in 10 Democrats remain undecided.

Winners of the respective party nominations will be decided in June primaries.

The survey carries a 3.2 percent plus or minus margin of error.

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