Pro-Life Gillespie leads pro-abortion Northam by 8 points in newest poll

In contest to succeed pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

By Dave Andrusko

The recent very good news for Ed Gillespie, the NRLC-endorsed candidate for governor of Virginia, should not surprise anyone, at least not anyone who remembers his razor-thin loss to pro-abortion Sen. Mark Warner (D) in 2014.

Mr. Gillespie trailed Warner by double-digit numbers in virtually all the polls. He lost by 8/10ths of one percent.

As columnist Marc A. Thiessen wrote recently in the Washington Post, “The lesson should be clear: Don’t underestimate Gillespie.”

Here’s the lead from a poll released Wednesday:

HAMPTON, Va. –With the 2017 Virginia election less than two weeks away, Republican nominee Ed Gillespie has an 8 percentage point lead over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, according to a poll released today by the nationally recognized Hampton University Center for Public Policy (CPP).

When Virginians were asked if the election were held today, 41 percent of those surveyed would vote for Gillespie and 33 for Northam. The remaining 27 percent were undecided.

This comes less than two weeks after a Monmouth University poll showed Gillespie up by one percentage point –48% to 47%.

But the lesson of 2014 has application here as well. Clearly, Gillespie is trending in the right direction. But here are two qualifiers.

First, contemporaneous with the Monmouth poll, two other surveys released October 17 showed Northam up by 4 and 6 points, respectively, although they were not as current as the Monmouth University poll.

Second, the 27% undecided (or refused to answer) figure in the Hampton University Poll is a huge number. In one sense this is not surprising. Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states with gubernatorial contests in 2017. So there is not a constant “buzz” that we will see next year, for example, when there will be 36 governors’ races.

But that doesn’t mean pro-abortion forces aren’t pouring tons of money into Virginia. They are!

And because there is not the customary all-consuming coverage of the election in Virginia, it is more important than ever that pro-lifers know the crystal-clear differences between Gillespie and Northam.

In a story appearing in the October digital edition of NRL News, NRL Political Director Karen Cross wrote

The Virginia affiliate of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has endorsed Northam. They have pledged to spend $3 million in the race supporting Northam, whose record as a member of the state Assembly was solidly pro-abortion.

Northam’s position is so extreme that he supports abortion on demand – that is, abortion for any reason anytime during the pregnancy. This means he supports deliberately taking the life of an unborn baby’s life for any reason at all – even late in pregnancy when the baby can feel excruciating pain during abortion.

And Northam also wants to use your tax dollars to pay for abortion.

Ed Gillespie is a strong advocate for life. As governor, he would support and sign pro-life legislation, including legislation to protect an unborn child from abortion at the point he or she can feel pain. He also opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.

National Right to Life has endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie, a 100% pro-life candidate who will sign pro-life laws and support live-saving policies in Virginia to succeed pro-abortion Gov. Terry McAuliffe.