Donald Trump endorsed Denver Riggleman for VA-05

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By Brandon Jarvis

Donald Trump just tweeted his support for the Republican candidate, Denver Riggleman, in the VA-05 race. Riggleman is facing Leslie Cockburn, a former journalist. The seat would typically be reliably red, but Trump’s election and Cockburn’s strong anti-Trump campaign has made this close.

Trump tweeted his endorsement of Riggleman late Monday night, “Congressman @DenverRiggleman of the 5th District in Virginia is a popular guy who really knows how to get the job done! Really big help with Tax Cuts, the Military and our great Vets. He has my Total Endorsement!”

Larry Sabato and his Crystal Ball at UVA’s Center for Politics updated their predictions for the November 6th elections. Leslie Cockburn and Denver Riggleman are locked in a tight race in the typically rural-red district. However, multiple polls show a dead heat, and Sabato is now predicting the same thing.

“VA-5 is not a district that one might think would elect a Democrat under normal circumstances: The president won it by 11 points in 2016, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie (R) carried it by about nine points while losing statewide by about the same margin. And yet the race appears very close: a New York Times/Siena College poll showed it basically tied. National Democrats and Republicans grumble about their respective candidates in the race: author Leslie Cockburn (D) may be too liberal for the district, and veteran and businessman Denver Riggleman (R) may be too eccentric (readers may remember a story about him involving Bigfoot). And yet, one of them has to win, but who? We’re moving VA-5 from Leans Republican to Toss-up for now.”

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