Northam still leads, but race tightens

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As Election Day quickly approaches in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam appears to have scrubbed his African American running mate Justin Fairfax from Northern Virginia campaign fliers, in an appeal to big labor unions.

In the Quinnipiac poll, Northam has strong support from independent voters with 53 percent of the support, compared to 39 percent for Gillespie. Last month, Northam had a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Gillespie.

With most polls showing Northam slightly ahead in a relatively close race, money could be an important factor in late October and early November when both campaigns are looking to flood the TV airwaves with ads in what is expected to be a low-turnout election.

"This has never been more than a five point race in Monmouth's polling, and that means either candidate has a very real shot at winning this thing".

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It will be held at the Richmond Convention Center, according to an email sent to Northam supporters who applied for tickets to the rally.

"One number says it all". "But there's plenty of room and time left for Northam to close the deal or for Gillespie to close the gap". Almost 3 out of 4 Independents (71%) say Trump is not a factor in their choice. Northam told the moderator he stood by his previous comments. Democrats are hoping anti-Trump sentiment will allow them to sweep all three statewide races and make serious gains in the Republican-controlled state House. Gillespie leads in the state's rural GOP strongholds.

On healthcare: Northam 42; Gillespie 32.