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Democratic gubernatorial debate with Jim Johnson, Raymond Lesniak, Phil Murphy and John Wisniewski, held at Stockton University in Galloway Township. Tuesday May 9, 2017. (Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer)

Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — While the state’s gubernatorial race has tightened, Democrat Phil Murphy has a 14-point lead over Republican Kim Guadagno, according to a William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University poll released Thursday.

“Guadagno’s numbers are going in the right direction. But at this point, it appears she would have to claim virtually all of the undecided vote and some of Murphy’s votes to make the race competitive,” said Sharon Schulman, executive director of the center.

Murphy led the poll 51-37 percent; 8 percent undecided or identified no choice, and 4 percent said they will vote for someone else, according to the poll.

Stockton’s Oct. 13 poll showed Murphy leading 51-33 percent. The statewide poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.3 percentage points.

For the poll, the Hughes Center interviewed 525 New Jersey adults who are likely voters Oct. 18 through Tuesday. Interviewers called landlines and cellphones.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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