When we voted for Governor and the House of Delegates in November, no one predicted the Democrat landslide that hit Virginia. No one predicted Republicans would lose 15 seats in the House of Delegates and lose the Governor’s race by 9%.
Republican candidate Ed Gillespie did his part to win. He ran a solid, mistake-free, principled, campaign and turned out more Republican voters than ever before. The problem was rabid anger against Trump turned out even more voters.
I have previously referred to the 2017 election as “the anti-Trump landslide election”. Virginia Commonwealth University has proven that to be correct. The election was all about Trump. He motivated voters to get to the polls. VCU polled voters in Virginia and found that 36% of Northam voters were at the polls to vote against Trump. Overall, 22% of Virginians went to the polls to send Trump a message. Trump was the number one reason voters came out to vote.
Yes, Trump cost us the election in November. More on the poll here.