POUND, Va. (AP) — People in Virginia's coal country still love President Donald Trump, but not his pick to be their next governor.

Ed Gillespie is a Washington insider backed by Trump, who won coal country counties by large margins, with many voters crediting him for increased coal production.

But those same voters said they know little about Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, corporate lobbyist and multimillionaire who was raised in New Jersey and now lives in Northern Virginia.

He will need a strong turnout among Trump's rural supporters, but has largely tried to keep the president at arm's length throughout the campaign.

Election Day is Nov. 7.

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