All Three Gubernatorial Candidates Campaigning in Our Area
Lynchburg, VA - Monday was a big day for each of the candidates running for Virginia Governor. They all campaigned in our area, some with major supporters.
Terry McAuliffe, Ken Cuccinelli, and Robert Sarvis, all hit the campaign trail, trying to capitalize on the last few days before the election.
It's clear each candidate realizes the days are limited before voters take to the polls. They brought out some major men to help them, Monday. Bill Clinton campaigned for McAuliffe in Blacksburg; at Liberty University, Rand Paul rallied support for Cuccinelli.
U.S. Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul spoke to a conservative crowd at Liberty University, trying to garner some last minute support for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate, Ken Cuccinelli.
"The choice in the governor's race is between Santa Claus on one side who I think will cripple jobs, and someone who believes in opportunity and creating jobs" said Paul.
"These are low turnout races in these odd years, so the world is run by the people who show up. So we want to see our republican base get there" said Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli is playing catch up. A new Washington Post poll puts him at a double digit disadvantage, 12 points behind this McAuliffe.
Terry McAuliffe in that same poll garnered 51%. Capitalizing on that lead, he aimed to seal the deal with the help of one solid supporter Monday in Blacksburg.
"If you do what you should do, he will win and in a year from now, he'll be so popular, half the people who vote against him will wonder what in the wide world they were thinking about" said former President Bill Clinton.
"If you help us over the course of the next week, I promise you, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, and myself, we will work four years day in and day out to make this the greatest state in the United States of America" said McAuliffe.
And in Nelson County to a smaller crowd, the home builders association, Libertarian Robert Sarvis, stumping on his own.
"It's really important if you're going to be governor of the entire state to drive to every part of the state, listen to what people have to say, and you know we've been doing this the whole campaign" said Sarvis.
Sarvis in that Washington Post poll walked away with 8% of likely Virginia voters.
We spoke to a political expert about where Sarvis falls in the outcome of this election. Steve Bragaw, a political professor at Sweet Briar College says some Virginia voters are frustrated with the two main party candidates, and they're seeing a vote for Sarvis as a vote in protest.
"If there was ever going to be a year in which the libertarian candidate was going to break out in Virginia, it would be in this election, given how both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli have really failed to excite the center of the electorate" said Bragaw.
In a poll released on October 15th by Christopher Newport University, Sarvis was at 11% among likely Virginia voters.