The Virginia gubernatorial elections are in the news right now and it appears that the Democrats have more favor here. Democratic party candidate, Ralph Northam, has a clear edge over his Republican contender; a lead of seven points. It looks like the voters have greater confidence on Northam when it comes to addressing issues. The election has Ed Gillespie from the Republican party facing off against Ralph Northam.
Fox News poll indicates lead
The lead was evident in a poll conducted by Fox News which revealed that 49% of the voters prefer Northam while 42% prefer Gillespie and 5% remain unsure about who should handle the position. 88% of supporters for Northam are quite certain that their vote is for him while the same is felt by 83% of Gillespie's supporters.
Who supports whom?
The Republican candidate gets his support mainly from the white evangelical Christians group, households with a gun, and whites lacking a college degree. Northam's main support comes from voters aged less than 45, a majority of North Virginia residents and also non-white voters. Northam also seems to be the preferred candidate for women. Overall, it appears that the equations that were in place during the presidential elections continue to remain intact with the same percentage of voters lined up for the Democrats and Republicans as was seen during those elections. 92% of Democrats are likely to give their support to Northam while 89% of Republicans will do the same for Gillespie.
Gillespie scores only in the question of economy
Interestingly, the Democratic candidate has edged past his Republican counterpart in almost all issues when it comes to how confident voters are about his ability to handle them. However, in the issue of the economy, it appears that there is some hesitation to rest confidence upon him in full measure. By a mere one percentage point, Gillespie emerges in the lead here. In Northam's case, voters believe that he will do better in areas of healthcare, education, gun roles, immigration and many other key issues. The fact remains that Northam's voter support in these areas is far more than 1 percentage point.
Experts point out that economy is not a major issue right now in Virginia. This may tip the scales in favor of Northam since he is clearly viewed as being competent to address all other key problems here.