Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie has less than five months to decipher and execute the delicate balance between support for President Trump on the right and the motivation on the left to mobilize in opposition to him.
Both were on stark display Tuesday, as Corey Stewart, the controversial county supervisor from the D.C. exurbs and former state chair of the Trump campaign, came gaspingly close to turning in what would have been the biggest upset of the year. He not only declined to concede Tuesday night, he pushed his supporters to follow his lead and tied Gillespie to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee: “Establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats are one in the same.”
On the Democratic side, Northam dominated the heavily populated Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads areas, while former Rep. Tom Perriello won in the central, southwest, and Southside regions, some of which he represented in Congress.
Nearly 200,000 more people turned out to vote in the Democratic primary, and the party’s candidates were already moving to unify Wednesday morning at an event in Fairfax and to highlight the importance of fighting back against the “Trump-Gillespie agenda.”
— Kyle Trygstad