A Trump rally could fire up Trump supporters for Gillespie, an longtime Republican Party fixture who has struggled to find the right footing regarding the anti-establishment Trump but who needs the support of Trump voters in Virginia.
A Trump appearance could pose risks for Gillespie in purple Virginia, where Trump’s approval ratings are well below 40 percent. Hillary Clinton beat Trump by five points in Virginia last year - the only Southern state won by the Democrat.
Virginia is holding the only competitive statewide election in the nation on Nov. 7, an election that both major parties see as a test of electoral politics in the Trump era and a hint of what may come in the 2018 midterms.
Most public polls show Gillespie tied or slightly trailing the Democrat, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
The White House and Gillespie campaign are in “very serious talks” about such a presidential appearance as a means of boosting the Republican’s chances in his neck-and-neck race against Northam, said John Fredericks, a conservative radio host.Read more at WashingtonPost