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Northam's wavering on the issue of sanctuary cities and refusal to condemn a controversial advert shook his campaign in it's final days, but as Impact Social's analysis consistently showed, his momentum was strong enough to make victory his. Our final analysis published on polling day, showed an eight point lead for Northam amongst Virginian voters - mirroring the final vote exactly. Read on for the full analysis    

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Ed Gillespie:  a positive poll has been successfully seized upon and created a sense of optimism and momentum in his campaign – pegging back Northam’s lead. Yet, he continues to be dogged by a.) charges of racism following the MS-13 attack ads, b.) links to Trump.  Conversely Ralph Northam still enjoys a commanding lead online which has been helped by the Obama visit.  His campaign has been damaged

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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent: Britain’s small businesses are increasingly disillusioned with the Government, fearing that Theresa May’s administration has lost sight of their interests.The appearance of incompetence or indifference is feeding into companies’ perception of the Government’s performance elsewhere, too - a growing proportion are worried about Brexit. Firms which were not worried about leaving the EU at the time of the Article 50 announcement are now increasingly concerned.The

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By Jimmy Leach:  Second is the new first in politics. You can get fewer votes, win fewer seats and be far from a parliamentary majority, but you can still claim that “it is obvious who really won the election” and begin chuntering about a million-strong march to prove that.Democracy is not about the number of crosses on a ballot paper, it’s about not being as bad as everyone thought you were. All

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By Jimmy Leach:  The horizon for this election used to be June 9. We all reckoned we knew what would happen at 10pm on the 8th. The bongs would fade and a Dimbleby would announce exit polls showing a convincing victory for Theresa May. The gamble of a snap election would pay off.The work would begin the following day, the only question being how May would use her enhanced majority to give herself leeway

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