Trump Reacts to VA Loss: Gillespie 'Never Embraced Me or What I Stand For'
President Trump reacted to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's (D-Va.) victory in the Old Dominion with a critique of the runner up.
Trump said Republican Ed Gillespie, a longtime politico from Alexandria, "never embraced me or what I stand for."
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
He said that he is "four out of four" when it comes to winning House seats for the GOP with candidates who further embraced him.
Trump never appeared on the campaign trail with Gillespie, but the former RNC chair and aide to President G.W. Bush told the press he appreciated the president's Twitter support for him in the closing days.
Northam, a physician from the Hampton Roads, won the tight contest with Gillespie in a race that became more and more contentious as Election Day neared.
In the Republican primary, Gillespie narrowly defeated firebrand Trump supporter Corey Stewart, the county board chairman for the D.C. suburb of Prince William.
Stewart famously said his support for Trump was so strong that it was what led him to hold a protest outside the RNC during the campaign, over what he saw as the body's "sabotage" of the New Yorker.
The protest led the campaign to dismiss him as state co-chair.
Stewart said he would continue to express a pro-Trump platform when he recently announced his bid to oppose Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in 2018.
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon said earlier this week that Stewart "is the reason Ed Gillespie is going to win."
On the Democratic side, Northam held a rally with the party's last president, Barack Obama, in Richmond earlier this Fall.
Elsewhere on Election Night, Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and Obama's ambassador to Germany, was elected governor of New Jersey.
He defeated outgoing Gov. Chris Christie's (R) deputy, Kim Guadagno.
Many observers said Christie's ranking as the nation's least popular governor weighed heavily on Garden State voters' opinion of Guadagno, the former Monmouth County sheriff.
Guadagno had attacked Murphy for his claim that he would consider making New Jersey a sanctuary state if Trump decided to confront Trenton over immigration policy.
As of 9:30 p.m. ET, the New York City mayor's race has not yet been called, but incumbent Bill de Blasio (D) is favored to defeat State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) and former NYPD Detective Richard "Bo" Dietl (I).
Dietl said during last week's debate that he is formally running on the "Dump The Mayor" line after being denied the opportunity to run as a Democrat against de Blasio in the primary.
In the debates, de Blasio appeared to largely dismiss Dietl and tried to bring attention to Mallliotakis' decision to vote for Trump, who is overwhelmingly unpopular in his hometown.