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New Poll: Dittmar vs Garret Now Just A Six-Point Race

Dittmar leads with independents 41% to 38%

A poll conducted ten days ago finds that that Jane Dittmar is rapidly closing in on her Republican opponent. Dittmar now narrowly trails Tom Garrett by six points (41%-47%) in the race for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

This come after a month of ads highlighting Jane Dittmar’s powerful story as a moderate  small businesswoman and mediator. The poll is a demonstration of how the national environment and Donald Trump’s toxic candidacy are damaging Tom Garrett  who still supports Donald Trump even after the revelation of his comments on sexually assaulting women. Despite the perception that Trump is popular in this district, he narrowly leads hillary Clinton. Trump’s unfavorable ratings are 54%.

“I’m so solidly in the Trump camp that I can’t find a word strong enough to describe it.”

-Tom Garrett

Most notably, Dittmar is winning among independents (41% to 38%), and she will continue to  grow her support among independents as Donald Trump’s campaign continues to tank, and following Trump’s campaign announcement that he is, “pulling out of Virginia.” Trendlines show rapid movement in Dittmar’s direction.

“It is clear that voters are embracing Jane’s moderate profile and thoughtful plans for good-paying jobs, solid infrastructure, and putting Washington back to working for families,” said campaign manager Tom Vandever. “The voters of Virginia are clearly rejecting the reckless campaign of Donald Trump and Tom Garrett who has pledged to support the dangerous nominee under any circumstance.”

Read the poll memo here.

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted N=400 live telephone interviews with likely 2016 voters in Virginia CD-05. Interviews were conducted between October 10-12, 2016. Respondents were selected at random, with interviews apportioned demographically based on past voter turnout. Expected margin of sampling error for is 4.9% with a 95% confidence level.