- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez demurred Tuesday when asked if Democrats see this election as a referendum on President Trump.

“We’ll find out later today,” Mr. Perez said on CNN.

He said the goal for Democrats is to get people out to vote in Virginia and in the other off-year races Tuesday across the country.

“The energy out there in northern Virginia is infectious,” Mr. Perez said. “I’m very, very excited.”

“I put 700 miles on my car over the weekend in Virginia,” he added.

Mr. Perez said this election is not about Mr. Trump, but rather about Democrats showing they are the best option for people worried about their health care, personal economics and national security issues.

The Virginia gubernatorial race remains competitive as people head to the polls Tuesday. Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has a slight advantage in the Real Clear Politics average of polls with a slim 3-point lead over Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.

While Virginia has been trending blue the past few cycles, incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner only won his seat by less than 1 point in 2014. He ran against Mr. Gillespie, who was then running for the Senate seat.

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