Trump endorses Ed Gillespie for Virginia governor

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It's one thing to put a presidential stamp on a candidate running for office in a swing state, and another to claim that a Democratic gubernatorial candidate supports a murderous gang.

In a tweet Thursday night, Trump accused Northam of "fighting for violent MS-13 killer gangs" and so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. 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. Clinton beat Trump in Virginia by 5.4 points.

"I guess I'm a little surprised that it's news", Gillespie said of Trump's tweet.

Gillespie's campaign ran attack ads that said Northam's support for sanctuary cities equals support for MS-13, according to The Washington Post.

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Gillespie has seemed to be cautious during the campaign about his support for Trump.

It's unclear why Trump is endorsing Gillespie, but he has a history of endorsing the losing candidate, like Luther Strange who lost the GOP Senatorial nomination to "Judge" Roy Moore.

Whether Northam truly supports MS-13 - or whether that's just President Trump's way of suggesting that Northam is soft on violent crime - is a matter that Virginia voters will decide when they head to the polls November 7, joining New Jerseyans as the only voters in the country electing a governor this year. "Looks like Ed Gillespie's ads are reaching his target audience - Donald Trump", Northam campaign spokesperson David Turner told the Hill. Or, perhaps it's a late reaction to Northam having once called him a "narcissistic maniac".

Gillespie has been cagey when asked whether he wants the president to come to Virginia to stump for the Republican ticket. Most polls conducted this fall have shown Northam with a small lead of between 4 and 6 points.

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