President Trump once again tried spooking Virginia voters into selecting Republican Ed Gillespie for governor over his Democratic competitor Ralph Northam, using the threat of the gang MS-13, as voters head to the polls today.
'Ralph Northam will allow crime to be rampant in Virginia. He’s weak on crime, weak on our GREAT VETS, Anti-Second Amendment and has been horrible on Virginia economy,' Trump wrote. 'Vote today!'
Gillespie, Trump added, 'will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA. MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!'
While in South Korea, President Trump waded into the increasingly tight Virginia governor's race on Tuesday, suggesting the Democratic candidate is weak on crime
President Trump asked his supporters to vote for Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, who he promised would turn Virginia's economy around
Virginians will decide today between Republican candidate Ed Gillespie (left), a former Republican National Committee chair and Ralph Northam (right), the Democrat, who is a doctor and a vet and currently serves as the commonwealth's lieutenant governor
President Trump suggested in tweets Tuesday that Democrat Ralph Northam has been weak on crime, despite Virginia being one of the states with the lowest crime in the nation
Trump's tweets, which came at the end of his day in South Korea, as Virginians were waking up, were indicative of much of the rhetoric used in the governor's race, which has narrowed in recent days, with Democrat Northam only besting Gillespie by 3.3 points, in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
The tightening race is giving Republicans hope that they may be able to escape a blue beating in next year's midterm elections, even if Americans continue to sour on Trump, who has record low approval ratings for a president less than one year in.
Gillespie's campaign could provide the GOP with a road map.
In many ways, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful is a traditional Republican candidate.
A former Republican National Committee chairman, Gillespie is an ex-D.C. lobbyist, who ran the bipartisan lobbying shop Quinn Gillespie and Associates with former Al Gore counsel Jack Quinn.
He's campaigned with mainstream Republicans, like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, but hasn't held a rally with Trump.
However, in an effort to win Trump voters – who an establishment-type Republican like Gillespie may not naturally