Republican Ed Gillespie is within striking distance of pulling off an upset in Virginia, according to a new poll provided exclusively to The Daily Caller.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is leading Gillespie 44 percent to 40 percent in the GOP-leaning Vox Populi poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis has 5 percent in the poll.

Over the summer, Vox Populi was the only polling firm to show former House majority leader Eric Cantor struggling in his Virginia primary days before the election. Cantor went on to shockingly lose that race.

A Gillespie win over Warner would shock most political observers, who have predicted an easy win for Warner.

In a recent interview with The Daily Caller, Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, predicted he would continue to gain on Warner.

“We’ve closed a big gap,” Gillespie said. “You know, when I got in, we were down 29 points to Mark Warner.”

Gillespie often points out that Warner has voted with President Obama 97 percent of the time; meanwhile, Warner, argues that he’s been an independent senator willing to work with both parties.

Vox Populi polled 734 active voters on Tuesday and Wednesday this week by both automated telephone and mobile based survey technology. The margin margin of error is 3.6 percent.

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