The Quinnipiac poll has Libertarian Party candidate Cliff Hyra with two percent support.
This poll comes just a day after a Wason Center poll showed Northam with a 4 point lead, which falls within that poll's margin of error.
This is the first public poll that shows Gillespie leading, but it is within the survey's margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
According to a Roanoke College poll, Northam has a six point lead.
In the Quinnipiac poll, Northam has strong support from independent voters with 53 percent of the support, compared to 39 percent for Gillespie.
Either candidate "has a very real shot at winning this thing", Murrary said.
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Both Gillespie and Northam have high profile supporters making visits on their behalf this week.
"It is hard to tease out a specific Trump effect from all the other considerations Virginians make in deciding how to vote in this race", he said. Democrats are hoping anti-Trump sentiment will allow them to sweep all three statewide races and make serious gains in the Republican-controlled state House.
But so far, Trump has not been a big factor, Murray said. Former President Barack Obama will attend a rally with Northam on Thursday.
The Northam campaign created a Fairfax-free flier for the Democrat-leaning Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) that removes any reference to the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Justin Fairfax because the union endorsed Ralph Northam but not Justin Fairfax.
Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, campaigned along Vice President Pence over the weekend.