President Trump’s eldest son on Tuesday twice urged Virginia’s voters to vote for their state’s new governor on the wrong day.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a pair of messages mistakenly telling Virginians to cast their ballots for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie a day later than the election’s close.
Donald Trump Jr. did, however, tweet out at least one post correctly telling Virginians that Election Day is Tuesday rather than Wednesday.
Gillespie is a former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman competing against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam.
Northam is Virginia’s current lieutenant governor, and he is competing with Gillespie to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).
A loss in Virginia would mark a major defeat for Democrats, who currently have the governorship there and won the state in last year’s presidential race.
The Democrats claiming victory in Virginia, however, would grant the party its first significant electoral win since President Trump entered the White House last January.
Republicans and Democrats alike are looking for evidence of how voters are feeling about President Trump at this time.
The two major political parties are also jockeying for momentum ahead of the 2018 congressional midterm elections.
Democrats are trying to retake the House majority next year, meaning success in Virginia would boost the party’s energy heading towards that goal.
Northam leads Gillespie by about 3.3 points on Election Day, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
President Trump earlier Tuesday tweeted that Gillespie is the best choice for Virginia’s next governor as he will “turn around” the commonwealth.
“Ralph Northam will allow crime to be rampant in Virginia,” he wrote. “He’s weak on crime, weak on our GREAT VETS, Anti-Second Amendment and has been horrible on Virginia economy.”
“@EdWGillespie will totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance of VA,” Trump added. “MS-13 and crime will be gone. Vote today, ASAP!”