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Gillespie Has Northam on the Run

As Alexandra notes in her posts below, there’s been a major shift in momentum in Virginia.

First, the Latino Victory Fund ad backfired spectacularly, and it appears to have unified and energized Republican voters, who understandably don’t appreciate being called racist for supporting Gillespie or the most basic immigration-enforcement measures (e.g., a ban on sanctuary cities).

Second, Northam has buckled on the sanctuary-city ban, a remarkable turn-about on a signature issue in the race; it suggests Northam has belatedly realized that the Left’s extremism on immigration — the view that any enforcement is tantamount to racism — is electorally risky, even in a race where Democrats should have all the structural advantages (an inflamed base and an unpopular president of the other party in the White House).

Finally, with Northam now getting hit from the left, he’s the one with a divided party, when that’s the disadvantage that Gillespie presumably had ever since his unexpectedly narrow primary victory.

It’s been an extraordinary week. Gillespie really could pull this thing off.



Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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