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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, right, gestures during a debate with Democratic challenger Ralph Northam, left, during a debate at University of Virginia-Wise in Wise, Va., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Gillespie, Northam spar over tax plans for Virginia

The centerpiece of Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie's economic plan is an across-the-board tax cut he says will spur tens of thousands of new jobs — but he promises it will take effect only if it doesn't break the budget. Published November 2, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, during an interview in Richmond, Va. Virginias gubernatorial election stands as a test for the anti-Donald Trump resistance, and whether it can energize voters and donors for the less glamorous races featuring traditional Democratic politicians.  The Nov. 7 contest pits Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a physician, Army veteran and former state senator, against Gillespie, onetime aide to President George W. Bush and former head of the Republican Party.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Gillespie's tough stance on immigration helps in final days of campaign

This week's terrorist attack in New York City — carried out by an immigrant who won his spot in the U.S. through a lottery — has pushed the Virginia governor's race onto turf claimed by Republican Ed Gillespie, who has made immigration and public safety cornerstones of his campaign. Published November 1, 2017

Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie has the backing of both the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, with the head of the state's Republican chapter saying they are "all-in." (Associated Press)

GOP is 'all-in,' sending $15M to back Gillespie

Virginia Republican candidates suffered close losses in the 2013 governor's race and the 2014 Senate race amid complaints that a little more support from national Republicans might have turned defeat into victory. Published October 31, 2017

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, center, gestures during a news conference with his running mates, Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Vogel, left, and Attorney General candidate John Adams, right, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Ed Gillespie unveils final ad of Virginia gubernatorial campaign

Republican Ed Gillespie on Tuesday rolled out his final television ad in Virginia's gubernatorial race, vowing to revive the state's sluggish economy and asking voters for their support in his race against Democrat Ralph Northam. Published October 31, 2017

DNC chair: Indictments show 'rot went all the way to the top' of Trump campaign

The head of the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday mocked the Trump administration's claim that the indictments and a guilty plea this week from members and advisers to the Republican's 2016 campaign has nothing to do with the president, saying there is now "clear evidence" of collusion with Russia. Published October 31, 2017

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie (right) has accused Democratic rival Ralph Northam of enabling the violent MS-13 transnational criminal gang, and now Mr. Northam's allies are calling Mr. Gillespie an enabler of racial violence in Virginia. (Associated Press/File)

Vicious attack ads mark final days of Virginia governor's race

Worried that Democrat Ralph Northam is losing steam in the Virginia governor's race, his political allies have flooded into the Old Dominion in the final days of the campaign with sharpened attacks, including attempts to tie Republican Ed Gillespie to neo-Nazis. Published October 30, 2017

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at a campaign rally at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Abingdon, Va. (Andre Teague/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP) ** FILE **

Immigrant rights group urges voters to reject Ed Gillespie's 'hate' in new ad

An immigrant rights group released a new "American Nightmare" television ad on Monday blasting Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie for running "misleading ads conflating immigration and gang violence" and urging voters to "reject hate" when they go to the polls next week. Published October 30, 2017

Tom Steyer (Associated Press) **FILE**

Tom Steyer calls for Trump impeachment in new television ad

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer is calling for President Trump's impeachment in a new television ad, warning viewers that he is a "clear and present danger who is mentally unstable" and urging voters to pressure Congress to give the commander in chief the boot. Published October 20, 2017

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks at a campaign rally at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Abingdon, Va. (Andre Teague/The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP) ** FILE **

Gillespie blames rise of MS-13 in Virginia on Democratic opponent

Fear of MS-13 is rising in Virginia, and Republican Ed Gillespie is counting on riding it to the governor's mansion, flooding the state's airwaves with dire warnings about the dangers of the Central American gang and the blame his Democratic opponent bears for it. Published October 19, 2017