Ed Gillespie is expected to win the Republican nomination for Virginia governor but only by a hair over Prince William County Board of Supervisors chair Corey Stewart. And it wasn’t supposed to be that way.
Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was supposed to have sailed to an easy win, but what election results make sense anymore? If current returns hold, Gillespie will be lucky to win by about a point.
Stewart is a pretty crazy pro-Trump nut job who Gillespie tried to ignore during the campaign, and came very close to paying for that strategy. Gillespie was a former George W. Bush aide so you can get a pretty good idea of where he stands on the current mess in D.C.
For the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will win his party’s nomination over former congressman Tom Perriello by about 12 points. Perrillo was aligned with the Sanders wing of the party, and Northam with the Clinton wing, for whatever that’s worth.
The general election to take place later this year will pit two establishment candidates against each other, now that the insurgents have been pushed aside.