Senate Campaign Push

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Candidates for the 24th District State Senate seat worked through the night and into the morning to secure extra votes on Monday and Tuesday.

After months of work, these candidates are pushing to the end. The last few hours leading up to the polls are the most crucial part of the campaign.

"It's important to get out, to be very visible, to make sure people know there is an election, and what the stakes are," says Emmett Hanger, Republican State Senate Incumbent.

Hanger's been through this before, and being visible isn't something unique to his campaign, as Arin Sime and David Cox also understand the importance.

"These are people who are the Commonwealth of Virginia and I want to stay in close touch with them," says Cox, Democratic State Senate Candidate. "This is a big District, but I hope to have as much of a personal relationship with people as I possibly can."

"We have been continuing to put up large signs around the district. We've had people making phone calls through this evening. We've done literature drops. We've done some last minute mailing," says Sime, Libertarian State Senate Candidate.

Even with voting just hours away, candidates Cox and Sime join Hanger in doing some last minute campaigning.

"I've always tended to do a lot of personal contact type activity," says Hanger. "One: It's lower cost, and secondly, it's more personal."

"Going door to door, it means telephoning them or allowing them to telephone me, so I've even given out my home phone number to a lot of people so they can feel comfortable in contacting me," says Cox.

Whatever the strategy may be, they all agree that the days leading up the polls are crucial.

"There's a lot of last minute stuff going on tonight, and there won't be a whole lot of sleep, but that's alright. There will be a lot of adrenaline all day tomorrow. It'll be great," says Sime.

Their opinions may differ, but all of the candidates urge everyone to come out Tuesday to vote. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.


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