Virginia poll: Race tightens, Gillespie within five after trailing by 13

Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, leads among likely voters 49 percent to Gillespie’s 44 percent, a margin that is not statistically significant. The Democrat was up by 13 points in a Post poll earlier this month. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is at 4 percent, enough to play spoiler if the race remains tight through Tuesday…

Those numbers suggest that Gillespie, who has struggled at times with Virginia’s purple-state politics in the Trump era, has successfully threaded the needle with his ads. Many of them suggest that the lieutenant governor, a pediatrician and Army doctor who treated soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, would empower illegal immigrants who commit violent crime. Another ad, tied to Northam’s support for McAuliffe’s efforts to restore voting rights to felons, suggests he is soft on pedophiles.