HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Tuesday night, voters gathered to watch Virginia's first lieutenant governor's debate.
"We've got a great crowd, we've got supporters here rallying around, clapping at the television," said Matt Homer, who supports E.W. Jackson.
Homer and several others watched an internet stream of their favorite candidate for Virginia lieutenant governor.
"It was a fairly relaxed format, but the stark differences between Northam and Jackson came out fairly early," said Dr. Robert Roberts, who is a political analyst at James Madison University.
Differences between the candidates are dividing those on both sides of the aisle.
"If you look at it. E.W. Jackson, he's not a political insider. So he wants to come in and lower taxes, he wants to cut government," said Cole Trower, who is a Field Director for E.W. Jackson's campaign.
"We can't just cut taxes and give up money for education, highways, infrastructure of the state," said Bill Ney, who is the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee treasurer.
Tuesday's debate between Ralph Northam and E.W. Jackson touched on several key issues such as obamacare, medicare and education.
"Jackson was saying if we have failing schools parents should have choice. Northam was saying if you do that, you're going to take money away from the public schools," said Dr. Roberts.
The highlight of the night was when E.W. Jackson was asked how to keep guns out the hands of the mentally ill, following incidents like the Navy Yard shooting.
"He seemed to imply that if people had mental illness that they might need to be institutionalized. Maybe he didn't mean it that way, but it came across that way and it would cost a fortune," said Dr. Roberts.
He said that question may have hurt Jackson, but overall it would be hard to pick a clear winner.
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