Democratic primary race nears the finish line

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In only five days, voters will go the polls across Virginia to pick candidates for the upcoming fall elections.

In addition to races for Attorney General and Lt. Governor, Democrats will choose their candidate for governor.  It is a race that the nation is watching.

The latest Democratic primary polls show the race too close to call. Meanwhile, the Republican nominee is hoping to not get lost in all the hoopla.

Short on sleep, but still energetic, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry Mcauliffe dismissed the idea that polls show a race that he once led comfortably now tightening up.

"I'm not one who pays a lot of attention to polls, there is one poll and that is on election day."

Mcauliffe spent Thursday touring the Henrico based company Chemtreat. He said that in a tight race, his ground operation may be the difference.

"We have built a massive grass roots get out the vote operation."

But his opponents are not giving an inch. Today, Brian Moran launched a radio ad in Richmond that touts Mayor Dwight Jones' endorsement.

Meanwhile, Creigh Deeds has defied expectations by launching a TV ad in the expensive Northern Virginia market.

At the same time, Republican Bob Mcdonnell awaits the winner, hoping to not get lost in the shuffle by announcing an education plan that will expand charter schools in Virginia.

"It has worked as a successful model in other states, and I think it is one that deserves some consideration here in Virginia."

All of this is laying the groundwork for a competitive general election that will be underway by this time next week.

Friday, Terry Mcauliffe will get the endorsement of the chair Democratic Governor's Association.

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's organization main goal is to elect Democratic governors across the country.

You can see the entire uncut interview with Mcauliffe on our political blog

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