Clinton to raise money for Va. gubernatorial candidate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va., Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Northam wants a cut on grocery sales taxes for the poor. The candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor are all promising to make changes to the state’s tax code. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is helping raise money for the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Clinton is the featured guest at a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in New York on Oct. 4.

Northam is facing Republican Ed Gillespie in one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November. The swing state contest is viewed as a possible referendum on President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

Clinton has recently resumed making public appearances to promote her new book about her stunning defeat by Trump in last year’s presidential contest. She handily won Virginia, the only southern state Trump did not win.