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Gillespie Ad Hits Northam on China Scam

A poll shows the Democrat underperforming McAuliffe among black voters.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 15, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) is running a TV ad in Roanoke again hitting Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his tenure at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, saying “Northam let Virginia families down” after “a Chinese company with a fake website” secured $1.4 million in state funds. (Hotline reporting)

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE. Northam leads Gillespie 72-15 percent among voters of color, according to a new poll by brilliant corners and Black PAC (Aug. 29-Sept. 2; 1,031 voters of color; +/-2.9%). That means Northam is underperforming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) 2013 performance among the same group. Both candidates about as equally well-known. (release)

CROSSING THE POTOMAC. Second lady Karen Pence will headline a fundraiser for Gillespie on Sept. 18 at the home of Laura Murphy, a “woman who wanted to ban the classic book, ‘Beloved,’ [by Toni Morrison] from the Fairfax County public school system.” (Blue Virginia)

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