Ed Gillespie:  a positive poll has been successfully seized upon and created a sense of optimism and momentum in his campaign – pegging back Northam’s lead.


Yet, he continues to be dogged by a.) charges of racism following the MS-13 attack ads, b.) links to Trump.  Conversely Ralph Northam still enjoys a commanding lead online which has been helped by the Obama visit.


His campaign has been damaged by the omission of Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax from campaign literature which was used by his rival to return accusations of racism for the purpose of political expediency.