On the Republican side, underdog Corey Stewart has made his devout support for Trump a dominant focus of his campaign. He has a low-key manner, stressing his service to the state and country as a pediatric neurologist, as a state senator for six years and, the last three years, as lieutenant governor.
This race is for the soul of the Virginia Democratic Party.
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They've campaigned as much against Trump as one another: Perriello vows to make Virginia "a firewall" against Trump, and Northam has lately run an ad labeling him a "narcissistic maniac". Besides loads of state legislators, the incumbent Gov. Terry McAuliffe and two former governors who are now the state's two USA senators - Mark Warner and Tim Kaine - are in his corner.
As a sign of just how important an Obama endorsement could be, Northam reached out to former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.to make sure the former president knew of Northam's "longstanding support", said campaign spokesman David Turner.
Some Democrats said they were motivated by Trump's presidency to vote Tuesday.
REEVES: "See I view politics like mold". Stewart earned 42 percent compared to Gillespie's 41 percent in the poll.
Meanwhile, Ed Gillespie, the front-runner in the Republican contest who has enjoyed a hefty lead in polls and campaign cash over his two GOP competitors, seemed to campaign over the weekend as if he had already advanced to the general election, touring Democratic-leaning parts of Richmond and Fairfax County. New Jersey had its gubernatorial primary last week, and establishment candidates in both parties won easily. The Old Dominion proved an outlier in 2016 as well, when it became the only Southern state to vote for Clinton over Trump. As with every other Virginia race, we have basically bupkes for polling. On the Democratic side in the governor's race, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam entered the stretch with a good bankroll.
"One of the things that gives me hope right now about building this Bobby Kennedy style coalition is when I spend time in communities of color particularly in the urban areas, I hear a lot about reducing poverty", says Periello. In addition to Sanders, who campaigned with him, Perriello was endorsed by Sen. "A big turnout in this primary will be a massive statement against Trump!"
Some viewed the close battle as a pitting of the Sanders wing of the party, as channeled by Perriello, against the Clinton wing of the party, represented by Northam. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders. Mr Perriello is, by his own admission, an insider pitching for the outsider vote. He would be a fitting successor to Terry McAuliffe-two career fundraisers and lobbyists who served concurrently as party chairs during the 2004 election. This is our chance to be the change we claim we want to see in politics.
Gillespie touted his tax plan that includes cutting individual income tax rates by 10 percent across the board. Stewart has tried to overcome his campaign's financial disadvantage by continually courting controversy, notably with a full-throated defense of Virginia's Confederate history and monuments.
What this means is that, if a Republican wins this November's gubernatorial race, that Republican is highly likely to have a GOP state house and senate that will enact the full Republican agenda.