Former Gov. Jim Gilmore's hold out on endorsing Donald Trump ended Friday when the former presidential candidate put out an unambiguous statement backing his party's nominee.
"While I hadn't been formally asked to do so, today I wanted to make clear that I endorse the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, for the Presidency and I urge every voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia to join me in doing so," Gilmore said in the statement, forwarded to the Daily Press by the Trump campaign.
Jim Gilmore is voting for Donald Trump.
The former Virginia governor and erstwhile 2016 presidential candidate is on a Trump campaign advisory committee. He's chairing the Republican Party's get-out-the-vote operation in Virginia.
But don't get confused and think Gilmore has endorsed his party's presidential candidate.
"I haven't," Gilmore said this week, speaking quickly to correct assumptions.
Two Virginia politicians expect to advise Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as members of a heavy-hitting crew of industrial agriculture advisors.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a former House Committee on Agriculture chairman, called Trump’s agricultural advisory committee “a very distinguished panel” of officials elected and appointed to federal and state positions. It includes current and former governors, congressmen of agriculture-heavy states, administrators and large producers.
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore says he will head up voter-registration efforts for Donald Trump in Virginia.
Last month the Republican Party of Virginia announced that Gilmore would be the chairman of its 2016 "Team Virginia" field program, which refers to the party's grassroots efforts in partnership with the Republican National Committee.
Jim Gilmore may be a former governor, state attorney general, Republican National Committee chairman and presidential candidate. But he couldn’t get elected as a delegate to his party’s national convention.
When delegates were selected at Virginia’s state convention in Harrisonburg this past weekend, Gilmore, 66, put his name forward and was shut out.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz picked off 10 of 13 available delegates Saturday, boosting his chances of denying the presidential nomination to Donald Trump at a contested national convention.
Trump’s supporters won three delegates.
Cruz’s victory at the Republican state convention at James Madison University followed the pattern established over the past several months in many other states: Trump, the real estate developer and reality TV showman, wins a state primary, but delegates who cast the actual votes that decide the nominee line up with Cruz at a subsequent state convention.
First came Virginia’s March 1 Republican presidential primary. Donald Trump was the clear winner, giving him the largest number of the state’s delegates to the July national convention.
But should the New York businessman’s momentum falter and he arrive at the GOP’s gathering in Cleveland short of the delegates needed to win on the first ballot, his Virginia support may melt as quickly as ice cream on a hot day at the beach.
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va.—There isn’t much Jody Bostic believes in these days.
The government has abandoned him, he feels. Local coal mines have laid him off so many times he opened a T-shirt store to make a living. Big-city media treat him and his neighbors like know-nothings.
Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republicans today nominated their three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention in July, and all three main delegates are backers of Sen. Ted Cruz (R).
State Sen. Dick Black, Mick Staton (Black's son-in-law) and Beau Correll were elected as delegates, while two supporters of front-runner Donald Trump – former Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and past 10th District chairman Howie Lind – were elected as alternates. Blaine Dunn, a Cruz supporter, was selected as the third alternate.
Eight Frederick County residents, who were hoping to attend the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee convention this Saturday as delegates, were denied by the 10th District’s credentials committee.
That panel heard challenges to the proposed delegates on Saturday in Fairfax, said Jo Thoburn, chairwoman of the district committee.