New Wason Center poll shows Northam with a 7-point lead; Gillespie out of step with majority of Virginians who disagree with premise of divisive, racist ads
We’ve covered how important this race is for Virginia and how the national conversation on DACA, Muslim Bans v1-3, hate groups, all have driven the narrative in the commonwealth. With four weeks to go till Election Day in Virginia, Ed Gillespie’s strategy of appealing to his base without reaching out to immigrants and minorities may be taking a toll on his ability to win.
Ralph Northam,who is running for Governor of Virginia,is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2017
The Wason poll also made clear that Virginians reject Gillespie’s assertions about gang violence as 58% disagree that gang-related violence is a problem where they live. The poll also showed that a majority of Virginians (52%) do not believe that “illegal immigration” is a problem where they live either. These two narratives have been increasingly pushed by the Gillespie campaign and Republican Party of Virginia for the down ballot races.
The poll has shown that Gillespie’s strategy of racist and divisive ads designed to solidify the support of his base, particularly those voters who supported conservative hate monger and viciously anti-immigrant Corey Stewart in the June primary, has fallen flat with most Virginia voters.
What those Gillespie ads have done, however, is coalesced immigrant and faith organizations in repudiating the Trumpian tactics used by the Gillespie campaign to divide and demonize Virginians. Just last week, CASA in Action, led a press conference in Prince William County, calling out the racist attacks against immigrants.CASA in Action’s Luis Aguilar called out the attacks: