For the Republicans, ex-Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has opened up a large lead over Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and State Sen. Frank Wagner. Gillespie leads the pair, 38-11-10%, respectively. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is ineligible to seek re-election. Virginia is the only state in the Union that limits its chief executive to one term in office.
In New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University surveyed the projected primary electorates from their March 22-26 poll that questioned 758 NJ registered voters. Former Ambassador Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno have sizable leads in the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively. For Murphy, the former diplomat leads state Assemblyman John Wisniewski and former US Treasury Under Secretary Jim Johnson, 23-4-4%, with State Sen. Raymond Lesniak drawing 3 percent.
For the GOP, Lt. Gov. Guadagno draws 24% support over Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli who gets 4%. Attorney Dana Wefer is at 2%, with Nutley Town Commissioner Steven Rogers and businessman Joseph Rullo each pulling only 1% support. Both Murphy and Guadagno are now prohibitive favorites for their party nominations. Mr. Murphy has the inside track toward capturing the Governor’s mansion in November. Gov. Chris Christie (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.