Corey Stewart visits GOP crowd in Rockingham County

Stewart said although it had been a tough week for President Donald Trump, there are still...
Stewart said although it had been a tough week for President Donald Trump, there are still other good things going for his administration, such as the economy.(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 25, 2018 at 7:27 PM EDT
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U.S. Senate hopeful Corey Stewart visited fellow Republicans in the valley on Saturday as the midterm elections inch closer.

The polarizing candidate stopped by a cookout for members of the party who live in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to rally support.

Despite trailing his opponent — incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine — by 17 points in a recent Roanoke College

, Stewart said he remains confident, hoping his previous bid for Virginia governor and support of President Donald Trump will win over voters in November.

"I feel where Virginians are. I talk to people every single day on the ground," Stewart said. "No poll, no matter how good it is, can take the place of having direct conversations with people."

While Stewart can likely rely on Rockingham County in the fall (Kaine lost the county by more than 40 points in 2012), the City of Harrisonburg has proven reliable for Democrats in recent years. Kaine won the city by 12 percentage points in 2012.

During a forum

in Blacksburg, Stewart defended his views on immigration policies.

Along with Stewart, Del. Ben Cline also made an appearance — the Republican running against Jennifer Lewis in Virginia's deep red sixth district.