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Ed Gillespie Shuns Help From Trump in Va. Governor Race

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By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 09:30 AM

The Republican campaigns for governor in Virginia and New Jersey are not using President Donald Trump's help on the campaign trail, due to perception the president might reduce their chances of winning.

"The bottom line is that a Trump appearance for either Republican candidate (in Virginia or New Jersey) would be a death knell for their political fortunes," veteran GOP strategist John Weaver told Politico. 

The Trump administration offered help to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, three Trump aides said in the Politico report. While Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance on Gillespie's behalf, administration officials said Gillespie did not seriously seek out an appearance from the president.

The president is very popular in the conservative southern part of Virginia, but unpopular in the liberal northern suburbs, and Gillespie campaign officials were concerned that Trump could mobilize Democrats to turn out in northern Virginia, the Politico report said.

Gillespie did spotlight Trump's support for him in mailers. The candidate supports a number of Trump's positions, such as preserving Confederate monuments and slamming National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem, Politico reported.

Some Trump supporters believe Gillespie's plan is not a good idea.

"The base knows that Gillespie has been holding Trump at a distance, and they are bewildered by that, and they are offended by that, and I think that does hurt the Gillespie campaign," said Corey Stewart, a onetime Trump campaign official, in Politico.

"I believe it's a very big mistake and it potentially could lose the election for him," Stewart added.

Ralph Northam, Gillespie's opponent, has tied Gillespie to the president.

"Ed Gillespie won't stand up to Donald Trump because Ed is standing right next to him," a Northam ad said.

White House officials said they consider the New Jersey governor's race a lost cause, with Democrat Phil Murphy holding a lead over Republican Kim Gaudagno, Politico reported.

Ahead of Tuesday's election, Murphy held a campaign rally with rock star Jon Bon Jovi, according to ABC News. 

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The Republican campaigns for governor in Virginia and New Jersey are not using President Donald Trump's help on the campaign trail, due to perception the president might reduce their chances of winning.
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