Hillary Clinton Gets a Warm Fuzzy in Virginia House; Trump Doesn't

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One big winner in Super Tuesday’s presidential primaries got a big shout-out Wednesday in the Virginia House of Delegates. The other one didn’t.

Del. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, one of Hillary Clinton’s most fervent supporters in the legislature, delivered a warm tribute to the former first lady and secretary of state on the floor of the House, hailing her as “my personal friend.”

Spruill recounted Clinton’s history from her girlhood as a Brownie Scout to her presidency of the Young Republicans at Wellesley College to her work in the civil rights movement, saying a strong family foundation inspired her to achieve her dreams.

Spruill took two days off from his legislative duties last month to campaign for Clinton in South Carolina.

The ex-first lady won decisively Tuesday over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic primary, one of seven states that gave her a majority of delegates.

The other big winner Tuesday was billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who also won seven states, including Virginia, on the Republican ballot. But no one rose in the House to sing his praises. No Virginia legislator has endorsed him.

Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax County, the Virginia campaign chairman for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, said after Wednesday’s House session that he was glad his candidate notched a strong second-place finish behind Trump in Virginia.

He’ll support Trump if he wins the nomination, Hugo said, but he still thinks Rubio has “a path to victory.”

This story originally appeared on PilotOnline.com

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