Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has picked up several more key endorsements, including Virginia’s 10th District congresswoman Barbara Comstock and 6th District congressman Bob Goodlatte on Jan. 12.
“I’m honored to support my long-time friend Ed Gillespie to be our next Governor, Comstock said in a statement released from the Gillespie campaign. “Ed has worked for decades with the people of Northern Virginia, and he celebrates and understands the economic and ethnic diversity here. He has a strong, commonsense, and pro-growth economic plan that would provide opportunity and upward mobility for all. Ed grew up seeing his immigrant father living the American Dream and he is passionate about bringing our message to every corner of the Commonwealth. He has the skill set to get the job done and a servant’s heart to give back to our Commonwealth.”
Before the formal announcement, Comstock had attended several events with Gillespie, the former Virginia Republican Party Chair, including a forum in Loudoun last summer alongside 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
Along with endorsements from Comstock and Goodlatte, Gillespie was endorsed Jan. 12 by former House members Randy Forbes and Robert Hurt. Their endorsements join a growing list of supporters from notable Virginia Republicans, including Virginia state senator Dick Black and former 10th District representative Frank Wolf.
Gillespie’s efforts to secure the Republican nomination this year are also buoyed by recent polling that show him beating his top two Democrat opponents in a theoretical match up. The Mason-Dixon poll shows Gillespie beating incumbent Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam 44 to 41, and Gillespie defeating Tom Perriello, 45 to 36. Perriello is a former one-term representative from Virginia’s 5th District and a surprise late-entrant into the race.
The same polling, conducted between Jan. 5 and 10, shows Gillespie with the highest name recognition of any candidate. Gillespie is competing with Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and Virginia Sen. Frank Wagner for the Republican nomination.
“This is the second straight public poll to show that Ed Gillespie is the best candidate to unify the Republican Party in June and the Commonwealth in November. Ed’s positive vision, commitment to putting forward substantive policies, and campaign to engage all Virginians is resonating,” said Gillespie Campaign Manager Chris Leavitt in a statement.
“Ed leads even though this is a poll of registered voters, not likely voters, and the party registration split is plus seven for Democrats. This poll is one more clear sign of the strength of our campaign.”