RNC take lead on Gillespie campaign to win over Trump supporters; Corey Stewart to challenge Sen. Kaine in 2018

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, July 13.

After Ed Gillespie narrowly won the Republican nomination for Virginia governor in the June primary, the Republican National Committee has taken over his campaign field operations, and Gillespie has been encouraged to hire President Donald Trump’s strategists to win over the president’s core supporters.
(The Washington Post)

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who nearly won the Republican nomination for Virginia governor in June, announced he will challenge Sen. Tim Kaine for his seat in 2018.
(The Washington Post)

Maryland officials are opposing a proposal for a new bridge over the Potomac River connecting Loudoun County to Maryland.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

Much of Northern Virginia is under a heat advisory today.

A man who once raised money for the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea defected to South Korea in 2014 and now lives in Northern Virginia, and he’s now sharing details about U.S. sanctions and North Korea’s relationship with China.
(The Washington Post)

D.C. ranked among the least driver-friendly cities at 97 out of the 100 biggest cities in the country.