President Trump looms large over Virginia governor's race

  • President Trump looms large over Virginia governor's race

President Trump looms large over Virginia governor's race

President Trump used Twitter to weigh in on the Virginia gubernatorial race Thursday. Instead, Mr. Trump urged his audience to, "Vote Ed Gillespie!"

Unsurprisingly, he endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie, but not before he tied Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to the violent gang MS-13.

The president's tweet Thursday night was his first public comment about the Virginia governor's contest between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam, which will be held November 7. In fact, I'm convinced that Trump's way of striking back at the mainstream media, which he's dubbed "fake news", is to continue to stir the pot so that newsmen and newswomen just become tired. And, the president's approval rating in Virginia is now at just 39 percent, according to two recent polls in the state by Quinnipiac and the Washington Post/Schar School.

Gillespie also made accusations at his opponent earlier in September when he started rolling out ads that tried to associate Northam to MS-13 gang violence and also attacked his support for so-called "sanctuary cities", according to the Washington Post.

Northam and Gillespie are both seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who must step down because Virginia law prohibits a governor from running for re-election.

"Ralph Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities", Trump tweeted.

"Obviously that got out there without the need for a retweet", Gillespie said.

Virginia has elected only one Republican governor since 1997 and has gone blue in every presidential election since 2008. A Real Clear Politics aggregation of polls from the last month shows Gillespie trails Northam by more than 5 points.