Gubernatorial Candidates Getting Major Support
Lynchburg, VA - The governor's race has brought out a lot of big names on the campaign trail, especially last week.
Former President Bill Clinton made stops all across the commonwealth with McAuliffe, including in Blacksburg and Roanoke.
On the same day that Clinton was in Blacksburg, Rand Paul was at Liberty University with Cuccinelli.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis has been in our area a lot, trying to gain support as well.
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," Paul said.
"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," Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli is playing catch up. A new Washington Post poll puts him at a double digit disadvantage, twelve points behind McAuliffe.
"It's great to be back in Blacksburg folks, let me tell you that!" McAuliffe said.
Terry McAuliffe is at 51% in the same poll. Capitalizing on that lead, he aimed to seal the deal with the help of one solid supporter.
"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," Former President Bill Clinton said.
"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," McAuliffe said.
In Nelson County, Libertarian Robert Sarvis spoke to a smaller crowd: the home builders association, 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," Sarvis said.
Virginia has alternated between red and blue in recent history. Out of the last six governors, three have been Republican and three Democrat.
Before Republican Bob McDonnell, two Democrats and current U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner served as Governor. Jim Gilmore and George Allen were Republican governors before them.