John Fredericks, a pro-Trump radio host who advocated for bringing the president to Virginia, said Trump’s absence left his supporters unenthused. A presidential rally, he said, wouldn’t have fired up the Trump opponents any more than they already were.
“Ralph Northam ran on one message: Trump sucks,” Fredericks said. “Many of us didn’t think that was enough in a governor’s race. But it proved to be the message that carried the day.”
It’s a tale of two cities for Virginia Republicans as over 750 statewide GOP elected officials, wannabe politicians, and activists are expected to descend on Richmond this Friday and Saturday for the 2016 RPV Donald W. Huffman Advance.
The annual Virginia GOP love-fest, held this year at the OMNI hotel in downtown Richmond, is dubbed: “Take back Richmond.”
While Republicans are jubilant about winning the White House with Trump, they also have to reconcile this victory with their dismay over losing seven consecutive statewide races. In fact, the Virginia Republicans’ last victory dates back to 2009.