The day before voters go to the polls, President Donald J. Trump used this Twitter feed to endorse Loudoun Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) for state senate.
The value of that endorsement will play out in the Nov. 5 voting.
A minute after midnight on Nov. 4, Trump tweeted: “Great Republican Geary Higgins has my complete and total Endorsement for Virginia Senate, 13th District. He is strong on Crime, the Border, our Military, Cutting Taxes, and protecting your 2nd Amendment. Dem John Bell will take your guns & raise your taxes. Vote for Geary Higgins”
Higgins announced the endorsement in an email Monday evening, writing, “I am very honored to also be endorsed by the President of the United States.” The same campaign email celebrated an event earlier in the day with syndicated radio host Mark Levin.
During the past two elections, 13tj Senate District voters have backed Republican Dick Black, who built a reputation as one of Richmond’s most socially conservative members, famously handing out plastic fetus dolls to legislators as part of his anti-abortion efforts, leading opposition to same-sex marriages, and stirring controversy by supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he was accused by American and international agencies of human rights abuses and war crimes.
While Black, who is not seeking reelection, enjoyed support in the district in 2011 and 2015, voters in 2016 supported Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump, 50.4 percent to 43.9 percent.
The seat is one of the opportunities eyed by Democrats to retake control of the senate for the first time since 2012. Republicans currently hold a one-seat majority.