The move comes after Trump stayed out of the Virginia election. However, Vice President Mike Pence spent a lot of time working to support Gillespie on behalf of the White House. However, at least one Pence fundraiser in Virginia was ultimately canceled, claiming he wanted to focus on Asia. Republicans were forced to drop the price for a Pence event in Colorado recently, when it was found the VP wasn’t an interest to donors.
Polls had the race at a virtual tie, but Democrats are hoping to eke out a win after Hillary Clinton won the state during the 2016 election. Gillespie has campaigned without mentioning Trump, but has used Trump policies and doubled down on right-wing rhetoric in an appeal to Trump’s voters in the state.
.@EdWGillespie will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA. MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2017