Hillary Clinton is set to return to politics- this time to endorse Ralph Northam in the Virginia Gubernatorial race. The Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee will break from her book tour to raise campaign money for Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the party’s gubernatorial nominee this week.
As the party struggles to find a winning blueprint in contested parts of the country, the Democratic contenders in Virginia have tried to offer a potential path toward uniting progressive, moderate, and rural voters.
Thus far, Northam has the backing of the Democratic political establishment within the state. (The candidate’s weekend rally featured testimonials from a who’s who of Virginia Democratic politics: Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe and Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.) Northam also has the blessing of the Washington Post editorial board who weighed in on Virginia’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday saying-
“His aw-shucks country-doctor affect notwithstanding, Mr. Northam is a shrewd politician whose decade in office — six years as a state senator, and now as lieutenant governor — has made him highly regarded in Richmond, including among Republican lawmakers, who tried to recruit him to switch parties in 2009. If any Democratic governor can nudge GOP majorities in his direction, it’s Mr. Northam. That matters in a state where governors, barred from running for consecutive terms, have one brief shot at getting things done.”
Northam’s coziness with Republicans is longstanding; Northam voted twice for President George W. Bush.)
Despite criticisms from the progressive wing of the party Hillary, the establishment, and media outlets feel that Northam was best suited to run this race, and they’ve raised the money to ensure he wins over Republican rival Ed Gillespie. Gillespie is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a former advisor of George W. Bush.
The election will be held November 7th.