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Corey Stewart Surges, Gillespie Flagging in Race for Virginia Governor


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Woodbridge, VA -  Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart is surging in the polls in a recent Quinnipiac University Poll, while so-called frontrunner Ed Gillespie finds his numbers flagging among voting Republicans and voters who lean Republican. 

In a poll that didn't screen for likely Republican primary voters, Stewart's numbers are steadily rising, and more undecided voters are moving toward Stewart than are moving to other candidates. 

  • According to Quinnipiac's poll, eight times more Republican voters view Gillespie unfavorably than view Corey Stewart unfavorably. 
  • Ed Gillespie's numbers remain remarkably low, at 28% in the primary match-up with Stewart and Wagner, with 51% undecided. 
  • Indeed, Corey Stewart's favorable to unfavorable ratio is 26:1 in favor, as opposed to Gillespie who is only viewed favorably at a ratio of 5.5:1. 
  • Between December 2016, and April 11, 2017, Corey Stewart's favorability rating has nearly doubled, jumping from 14% to 26% among Republican voters and those who lean Republican. 
  • Gillespie's favorability rating has actually dropped among Republican voters since February of 2017.

As likely Republican primary voters begin to track the race for governor, Gillespie's unfavorable rating could prove a high hurdle for Gillespie, who is hailed as the front-runner by papers like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Washington Post.