Monday, 23 October, 2017

Virginia governor's race close with two months to go

Ed Gillespie Ed Gillespie
Kenny Thornton | 20 September, 2017, 07:23

"The large number of undecided voters at this stage demonstrates that either major party candidate can become the next governor of Virginia".

Northam led Gillespie in fundraising during the summer months and has an edge heading into the height of the campaign season. Then we need to have a discussion about the statues and that's what I have said.

Moderator Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press" said on Facebook Live after the debate he was surprised at how often the Republican Gillespie and the Democrat Northam found agreement.

Given that the poll leans D+7 after a disastrous Democratic performance in Fairfax County where the special election candidate underperformed an assumed D+9 by seven points? "I've taken care of children and their families", Northam said. Gillespie is a longtime Republican operative and former chairman of the Republican National Committee who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

The latest stories and details on the 2017 Virginia general election and race for governor. Northam is pediatric neurologist, Army veteran and the state's current lieutenant governor. Besides being an overall awful performance, it opened Northam up to one incredibly uncomfortable question: If he wanted to ask Gillespie about health care, couldn't he do it at a debate?

But there were some sharp disagreements. Both candidates denied the accusations.

Northam reacted to a Gillespie ad saying he missed 40 percent of Virginia Economic Development Partnership meetings.

Convincing state legislators - who have historically shied away from raising taxes to pay for transportation - will be a major hurdle for Virginia's next governor.

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Differences briefly flared over taxes, with Gillespie saying Northam's proposed grocery-levy rollback was vague, and over Confederate monuments, which Gillespie wants to preserve as important lessons on Virginia's occasionally inglorious past but Northam favors taking down because they are hurtful to many African-Americans.

"Ed, the reason why these health care providers are pulling out of the exchanges is because of the uncertainty", Northam responded.

"These Neo Nazis, these white supremacists, these KKK members with their shields and their torches - If "1" were the most liberal on the spectrum and "10" were the most conservative, these people are a yellow", Gillespie said. John Warner, R, a well-regarded centrist Republican who endorsed Gillespie's opponent, Sen.

But Northam didn't attack Gillespie's record to his face, instead deriding him as a "K Street" lobbyist to reporters after the event.

Virginia's gubernatorial contest is drawing outsize attention this year as the nation's only competitive statewide race this year and as an early test of politics in the era of President Donald Trump.

Both candidates were running a tight race in the run up to the second of three debates in the 2017 contest, according to a set of polls released this week.

"This November, voters have a choice of two economic visions: Ed's plan to cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of hard-working Virginians versus Ralph's proven track record of growing the economy and giving people the skills needed to fill new-collar jobs".

The Gillespie campaign declined to comment, but referred The Free Lance-Star to another recent poll by Suffolk University that shows the candidates in a tie, each with 42 percent of the vote.

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