Pence to stump for Gillespie in Virginia

Pence to stump for Gillespie in Virginia
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Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceA strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq Brunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Scrap the Third Communique with China, keep the Six Assurances to Taiwan MORE will be in Virginia later this week to stump for Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie, according to Gillespie spokesman David Abrams.

The vice president is set to join Gillespie at a rally on Saturday in Abingdon.

The Hill confirmed Pence's planned appearance, which was first reported by Politico.
The announcement comes just a few weeks before the general election in November.
Polls show Gillespie's opponent, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, currently in the lead.
Democrats are also bringing in major names to help support Northam's campaign, including former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE and former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Chance the Rapper works as Lyft driver to raise money for Chicago schools Americans are safer from terrorism, but new threats are arising MORE. Outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) endorsed Northam in the Democratic primary.

Clinton won Virginia, one of the two states with gubernatorial races this year, in the 2016 presidential election. 

President Trump expressed his support for Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, in a tweet last week while accusing his Democratic opponent of "fighting for the MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities."

Thirty-nine percent of voters said Trump was a factor in the Virginia race, according to a poll released late last month by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.