Candidates for Governor Make Final Push for Votes in the Valley

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison University (JMU) has had two candidates visit within the past few days.

With election day less than 30 days away, the candidates are attempting to secure votes.

"I'm running on a very mainstream campaign offering real solutions to Virginia's real problems," said Robert Sarvis, who is the Libertarian candidate for governor.

"Everyday, talking about education. We started the day talking about energy," said Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor.

Inside JMU's Taylor Hall, Cuccinelli and Sarvis talked to students about their education plans. By Thursday, the two were on the front page of the student newspaper.

Political analyst David McQuilkin says that's the candidates' strategy. They are using their campaign funds where it matters.

"I'm going to put it where I'm going to get the biggest bang for my buck," said McQuilkin.

He believes McAuliffe decided against visiting the Valley this week, because Rockingham County is known for being a conservative region.

"McAuliffe is not going to see by personal appearance, gaining anything significant," said McQuilkin.

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows McAuliffe is in the lead by 8 points, with Sarvis getting 8 percent of support. In a statement, Terry McAuliffe's press secretary says "Virginians of both parties are increasingly siding with terry McAuliffe's mainstream focus on jobs and education over Cuccinelli's divisive campaign that includes appearing with shutdown architect Ted Cruz."

"We need to start seeing those flow through the U.S. Senate and get voted on whether they are up or down," said Cuccinelli.

Organizers of the third and final debate say it will go on without Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

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