RNC Chair: Northam Won Because He Pledged to Work with Trump, Moderated on Sanctuary Cities, Statues

By Melanie Arter | November 8, 2017 | 2:26pm EST
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) – Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News on Wednesday that Virginia’s newly elected governor Democrat Ralph Northam won after embracing President Donald Trump and moderating his position on sanctuary cities and Confederate statues.

“We lost two governors races last night that Democrats typically win,” McDaniel said on “America’s Newsroom”. “These were in blue states. Virginia is getting bluer and bluer. 


“I think what's interesting with the Virginia race is that Ralph Northam started running ads saying I’m gonna work with this president. He moderated positions on sanctuary cities and statues, and we started to see him gain traction in rural Virginia. So he actually moved the needle by saying I’m going to work with this president,” she said.

According to Trump, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie didn’t embrace the president or what the president stood for.

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Trump tweeted.

When asked to address the president’s tweet, McDaniel said, “I travel the country. I'm gonna be in Iowa tonight. Our base is for our president. The enthusiasm for the president is still strong. You’re seeing it with the record RNC fundraising. 

“Voters want to see candidates embrace this president, and you saw in Virginia, Ralph Northam said I’m gonna work with the president. They want to see things get done. They want to see people work together across party lines, and that's a lesson I think everyone can take away from last night and in that race in Virginia,” she added.

“Here is another takeaway. Our voter analysis found the following: Some on the screen won't surprise you. One thing will. Women, blacks, college degree, breaking for Northam. The moderates broke for him by 26 points. I'm just wondering, the suburbs around northern Virginia. I know they've been trending blue for the past 10 or 12 years but the moderates breaking away. How big of a problem is that?” Fox News’ host Bill Hemmer asked.

McDaniel said northern Virginia does not represent the rest of America. She said Northam was successful with moderates because he changed his position on sanctuary cities and Confederate statues.

“First of all, the northern Virginia, the Beltway of Washington, D.C., in no way represents the rest of the country, okay, so let's put that aside, but when it comes to the moderates exactly what I was just saying,” she said.

“Northam ran left to win the primary and then he came to the middle and said I'll work with president trump if it helps Virginians. He changed his position on sanctuary cities. He flipped on the statues position, so he came to the middle, and that’s how he won moderates,” McDaniel said.

“If there is a playbook for Democrats, it’s work with the president,” she said.

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