November 6, 2005
The big day is almost here for Virginians to head to the polls, but just two days away it's not the time for any candidate to quit campaigning. One big name took advantage of the last weekend before the election to campaign.
Representing the state's highest office, Governor Mark Warner made a visit to Charlottesville to ask democrats who put him into office to vote democrat all across the board.
Facing a crowd chanting ' 08', hinting to a presidential run, the Commonwealth's highest ranking democrat asked voters to choose democrats for every political position.
"Two days from now, Virginia goes to the polls. And Virginians at the end of the day have to decide whether they want to continue the approach we've taken. Bi-partisan, being named the best managed state in the nation, record investments in education, or do they want to take a 180," said Mark Warner, the Democratic Governor of Virginia.
Almost 500 people crowded the Downtown Mall, tapping their feet and dancing to music, to hear why democrats need their vote.
The democratic candidates explained why this race is so important.
"We have two days to go. We have a lot of work to do, and we need your help to get it done," said David Toscano, the democratic candidate for Virginia's 57th District.
"I can tell you there is a great ground-swell coming because people are fed up," said Steve Koleszar, the democratic candidate for Virginia's 58th District.
Attendees agree, Election Day 2005, is critical.
"It really is a close election. It's as close as I could remember. Voter turnout is critical as it always is," said John Pellozi, a democratic voter attending the rally.
Virginia's governor's race hasn't been this close in 16 years.
"Most of us who are active on the streets getting out the vote in this campaign weren't old enough to vote in 1989, so this is a really exciting opportunity for all of us to swing the election in our favor," said David Wasserman, a student attending the rally.
With two months left as governor, can we expect to see Mark Warner on another campaign trail again?
"Listen. I've not made any decision about my political future. If I want to have any political future, the most important thing I can do is try to finish this job strong, so that Virginians will say I've done a good job," said Governor Warner.
Governor Mark Warner's job ends January 14th, 2006. After that, the winner of Tuesday's election will take office beginning January 15th following an inauguration. President Bush will make a stop in Virginia for Jerry Kilgore on Monday.