A new poll tells the same story for the Virginia Governor’s race. That is, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) maintains a discernible lead over former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie. Roanoke College’s survey research department, which has turned in some of the worst polling performances during the past few cycles, this time seems consistent with other pollsters that have surveyed this 2017 statewide campaign. According to their latest polling effort (8/12-19; 599 VA residents), Northam’s advantage over Gillespie is 43-36%. The polling explanation claims that surveying residents adds an error factor of no more than plus/minus four percentage points on top of the 5% overall error factor. This leads to the conclusion that the sample selection methodology could account for their past poor record in surveying the political campaigns.
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