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Steele: Ed Gillespie ran an admirable, nuanced campaign for governor of Virginia

By MICHAEL STEELE, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

There’s been a lot of analysis and hand-wringing about Virginia’s recent gubernatorial elections. The exit data indicate that it was a pretty straightforward referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, in a state he lost by five points in 2016.

Michael Steele is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and served as lieutenant governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007.

VaNews January 8, 2018

Negative reaction to negative ads in Va. election not enough to end 'em?

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Ed Gillespie’s attack ads in this year’s gubernatorial race probably backfired, George Mason University political scientist Mark Rozell says. While those efforts to link Gov-elect Ralph Northam to the violent MS-13 gang may have resonated with the nativist part of the GOP base, that isn’t all Republicans. And they helped generate a huge counter-mobilization among Democrats already angry over Donald Trump’s election last year, Rozell told reporters at the Virginia Press Association’s annual legislative day.

VaNews December 1, 2017

Finalized vote count in Chesterfield puts Northam in lead, making him first Democrat to carry county since 1961

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam became the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate to carry Chesterfield County since 1961 after local officials corrected preliminary results over the weekend. The unofficial count released by the county on election night last week had given Republican Ed Gillespie a 285-vote lead over Northam.

VaNews November 14, 2017

Gillespie campaign manager to Republicans running in 2018: 'Good luck'

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Campaign managers for Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and his defeated Republican rival Ed Gillespie both said Monday that they didn’t expect the wave of opposition to President Donald Trump to be as intense as it was in Virginia’s governor’s race. “Good luck,” Gillespie campaign manager Chris Leavitt said at a post-election panel Monday night...

VaNews November 14, 2017

Democrats see a digital breakthrough in Virginia wins


Democrats see Ralph Northam's big win in the Virginia governor's race as a breakthrough moment for the left's digital efforts. A year after Republicans leapfrogged the Democrats' digital capacities on the way to President Donald Trump's election, progressive groups combined spent nearly $3 million on an innovative effort to modernize the party's digital advertising.

VaNews November 14, 2017

U.Va-W Caroline Stoerkerise working on $14.8 million proposal for new academic programs, enrollment growth


Proposal follows election of Ralph Northam, who said he wanted to expand U.Va.-Wise as a way to help boost rural economies

VaNews November 13, 2017

Northam-Gillespie race had the highest turnout in 2 decades for Virginia governor election

By WILL HOUP , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

In a race for governor that drew considerable national attention, Virginia's electorate responded with high energy as almost half of its registered voters filled out ballots Tuesday, a percentage not seen in two decades. Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's victory against Republican Ed Gillespie drew more than 2.6 million votes across the commonwealth, accounting for 47 percent of the state's constituency.

VaNews November 13, 2017

Trump just made a bad night for Republicans much worse for himself

By PHILIP BUMP , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Ed Gillespie made a bet. By embracing the political priorities of President Trump, he figured, he could help bolster enthusiasm from Trump-supporting voters who had nearly blocked his nomination to be the Republican nominee for governor in Virginia.

VaNews November 8, 2017

Ralph Northam triumphs in Virginia governor's race as Democrats celebrate anti-Trump wave

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Democrat Ralph Northam won a resounding victory Tuesday in the Virginia governor's race as his party rode a wave of opposition to President Donald Trump to a sweep in statewide races and major gains in the House of Delegates.

VaNews November 8, 2017

Gillespie spends morning before Election Day in Southwest Virginia

By JESS NOCERA , Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

With Election Day one day away, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie started off his day on the campaign trail in Southwest Virginia Monday morning. "I will be an honest, ethical, hardworking principal servant leader for Virginia," Gillespie told a crowd of voters at his headquarters on West Main Street in Abingdon.

VaNews November 7, 2017