Candidates Make Last Minute Push for Votes

By: Ruth Showalter Email
By: Ruth Showalter Email

November 1, 2010

With less than 24 hours until polls open across Virginia's Fifth Congressional District, both candidates are making a late push to sway undecided voters and to rally their political base.

Just one day after State Senator Robert Hurt's big rally in Albemarle County, the Republican will spend the final hours leading up to Election Day in Lynchburg.

On the other side of the board, Congressman Tom Perriello is topping things off in Martinsville, just days after he stood next to President Barack Obama at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

"It's all bonus. We were exactly where we wanted to be before he came, so we feel great," said Perriello field organizer, Jon Green.

While neither candidate will spend the night in Charlottesville, both have left teams of volunteers in the City to vie for every last vote.

"We aren't trying to get the message out for a lot of different candidates, just the one candidate. So it makes it a little easier for us actually because we can be very specific and can stay positive and enthusiastic about everything," said Rachel Schoenwald, of the Albemarle County GOP.

In this election, the people of the Fifth District will not have a very extensive ballot. There are very few names to choose from in the local and Congressional election, which is why volunteers are spending the Monday before Election Day urging voters to turn out to the polls.

"Basically, it's a beehive of activity and we are having a great time," said Schoenwald.

As the clock is ticking down to polling day, volunteers are making phone calls, handing out promotional signs and going door-to-door to get their message out to as many voters as possible.

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