Is 'Trumpism Without Trump' the Future GOP Playbook?

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Surrounded by journalists, Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie fills out his ballot in the gymnasium at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Virginia residents hit the polls Tuesday to vote in a governor's race that has been inflamed by racially-tinged rhetoric. The Republican nominee, Ed Gillespie, centered his campaign around President Trump's agenda but has held no public events with him. Political analysts say this strategy of "Trumpism without Trump" could be part of the Republican playbook in 2018. We look at the Virginia race and its implications for future elections.

Joseph Tuman,
professor of political and legal communications, San Francisco State University; author, "Political Communication in American Campaigns"
Jeff Schapiro, politics columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch