Similarly, Doug Schoen of Fox News wrote that Virginia is now a “seemingly reliable blue state,” attributing Gillespie’s loss to the fact that minorities turned out in large numbers for Democratic candidate Ralph Northam. Schoen did acknowledge that “to the extent President Trump was a factor in the election, he was a major negative to Gillespie’s candidacy.”
Among Republican politicians, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told an audience on Wednesday, “It doesn’t change my reading of the current moment.”
He added, “I fundamentally believe, when we deliver on comprehensive tax reform and tax relief . . . I think that’s going to bear fruit politically, but most importantly it’s going to help people.”
Similarly, a source close to Trump’s political team told the conservative newspaper The Washington Examiner that both Gillespie’s loss and that of Kim Guadagno, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey, could be attributed to “local dynamics” and “history.”
“These are blue states that the president did not win last year. This is not about the president,” the source told the Examiner.