Presidential Race Begins in Virginia

With Virginia's status as a swing state, presidential candidates are hitting the road to gather support.

President Barack Obama will officially launch his campaign for re-election this weekend in Richmond.

As November 6th nears, local Republican and Democratic groups are out vying for their candidates.

Harrisonburg Democrats' Former Chairman Alan Finks said they want to influence voters who could go either way.

“It's personal, I've been there,” said Finks. “You may find that you don't agree with me on anything, that's just the way life goes. But if you're a little bit unsure, me knocking on your door sure doesn't cause any problems.”

Mitt Romney has spent the past two days campaigning in Virginia.

Thursday, he visited the Norfolk area.

Harrisonburg's Republican Committee Chairman Tracy Evans said they are using volunteers to get more votes.

“We're trying to organize and motivate them to do some door knocking, to do some phone banking, stuffing envelopes of anything and everything that you can think of,” said Evans. “We recognize that youth involvement is going to be important.”

People from both parties say getting younger voters involved and swaying undecided voters will help their efforts.


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