Source: Real Clear Politics
PoliticsIn Virginia, Gillespie trying to find way in age of Trump. (Washington Post, 10/18/2017)
Gillespie is not only trying to overcome a fractured base of support in an increasingly liberal state, but also trying to navigate the fallout from an unpredictable president who is unpopular overall in Virginia but still has strong support from voters crucial to a Gillespie victory. Adding pressure, Virginia is one of only two gubernatorial elections this year and as a swing-state, and could serve as an early referendum on the president.