Northam accuses Gillespie of supporting Trump on issues that harm Virginia

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Posted by Brandon Jarvis

In Ralph Northam’s recent ad, he accuses Donald Trump of supporting legislation that harms the state of Virginia. Northam also said that if Trump is helping Virginia, he will work with him.

Northam directly links his rival Ed Gillespie by supporting Trump on these issues that will hurt the commonwealth.

“Donald Trump proposed cutting Virginia’s school funding, rolling back our clean air and water protections, and taking away health care from thousands of Virginians,” Mr. Northam says in the ad. “As a candidate for governor, I sponsored this ad because I’ve stood up to Donald Trump on all of it.” Northam then added, “Ed Gillespie refuses to stand up to him at all.”

For nearly 40 percent of voters, Trump plays into the choice between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. For 28 percent of voters, the president is a major factor.

Here are some more key numbers from this poll.

  • Trump motivates Democrats more than Republicans. A slim majority of Democrat Ralph Northam voters (51%) say Trump is a factor, while a strong majority of Republican Ed Gillespie voters (72%) say Trump is not a factor.
  • Nearly a third of voters – mostly Democrats – say their vote sends a message of disapproval to Trump and Republicans in Congress. A strong majority of Republicans (65%) say their vote sends no message to Trump and Congress.
  • This election may also show a “Robert E. Lee Effect.” Northam voters are divided about Confederate monuments, with 62% supporting removal but 25% opposed. Gillespie voters are nearly united, with 86% opposing removal.

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