The Washington Post is reporting that Ed Gillespie is now only nine points behind U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D). The new poll shows that with only six weeks to go the Republican challenger is closing in on the incumbent.
The poll released by Quinnipiac University shows that, in a head-to-head match up Warner leads Gillespie 50 percent to 41 percent. Earlier polls by the university showed Warner having an almost 22 point lead, showing that the Gillespie campaign has picked up major steam in the recent weeks.
“U.S. Sen. mark Warner has been the most popular politician in Virginia for the past several years and appears to be in reasonable shape for reelection, but his lead is not insurmountable with six weeks to go until Election Day,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
This poll was released after Gillespie, who had been outspent on television advertising by Warner by 3-1, debuted commercials in the Washington-area media market.
Surveyed were 1,010 likely voter between September 17-22 and the poll has a margin of error plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.