High Stakes in Senate Races Could Increase Voter Turnout

By: Bailey Disselkoen Email
By: Bailey Disselkoen Email

High Stakes Influencing Campaign Spending

Governor Bob McDonnell (R) also attended Sunday's GOP rally. He addressed supporters, urging them to cast their votes, and also weighed in on campaign spending.

McDonnell told CBS19 he estimates $32 million have been spent statewide on Republican elections. He adds that most of that money is going towards the races for seats in the Virginia State Senate.

"Donations by individuals, corporations and other groups are a reflection of what is at stake,"  said McDonnell. "In our state, in our nation, there are some pretty drastically different versions of how we will govern in America how we will provide access to the American dream, and money is a reflection of that." 

November 6, 2011

In the final hours before Election Day on Tuesday, the focus is on the senate campaigns in our area.

Republicans only need to gain three seats in the Virginia State Senate in order to have a majority. Party leaders say the high stakes could bring more people to the polls.

In the 17th district incumbent Edd Houck (D) is running against challenger Bryce Reeves (R). TJ Aldous (R) is challenging incumbent Creigh Deeds (D) in the 25th district. And in the 22nd district Bert Dodson (D) is running against Tom Garrett (R).

Reeves and Garrett were among the dozens of GOP members, candidates and politicians who attended a rally on Sunday.

Despite the large number of people, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he only expects 30 to 35 percent of people to show up to the polls on Tuesday. During a presidential election he says you might see 75 percent of voters cast their vote.

However, with so much at stake in the Virginia Senate, Cucinelli says we might see that number go up.

"In the critical races, the real swing races, you might see that bump up several points, on both sides," said Cuccinelli. "Because they know the stakes are much higher."

Democrats pushing for their candidates agree.

"They are excited that there are some good strong choices out there. I have really noticed that in the last couple of weeks, and I think morale is good," said Valerie L'Herrou, the Chair of Albemarle County Democrats.

Both parties agree these last couple of hours are key, as they urge supporters to go to the polls Tuesday and cast their votes.

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