by Ernice Gilbert (VI Consortium) Gubernatorial candidate Senator Kurt Vialet has the edge in the upcoming general election on Nov. 8, according to a new poll that shows the candidates tied in St. Thomas and in a statistical dead heat on St. Croix, while St. John shows Mr. Vialet surging ahead of the governor 66.7 percent to Mr. Bryan’s 22.2 percent.
According to a poll from IAMLLC — whose primary election sample had Governor Albert Bryan holding a wide lead against the former contenders — Mr. Vialet and running mate Sen. Janelle Sarauw lead the gubernatorial race 44 percent to Mr. Bryan’s and running mate Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach’s 40.2 percent, a statistical dead heat based on IAMLLC’s 4.74 percent margin of error.
In St. Thomas, the candidates are tied at 38.7 percent, according to the poll, while on St. Croix Mr. Vialet leads 46.4 percent to Mr. Bryan’s 42.9 percent — a statistical toss-up.
According to the Elections System, 5,963 early votes were cast on St. Croix, which has a 445-vote lead over St. Thomas’s 5,518. On St. John 368 votes were cast early.