Gubernatorial candidates final push for votes

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -  In just a few hours, the polls open to decide, among other top state positions, who will become Virginia's next governor. The polls open at 6am Tuesday morning.

The gubernatorial candidates spent election eve making their final push for votes including stops in the Richmond-area.

"Bill and I and Ken are ready to lead if you are ready to win are you ready to win tomorrow," said Bob McDonnell at a rally Monday night.

Predicting a sweep on Tuesday, McDonnell pumped up supporters at Richmond International Airport. McDonnell told the crowd to get on the phone, Facebook and Twitter and help him make a final push for votes before the polls open. He says he's ready to win and to start turning around Virginia's economy.

Meantime, McDonnell's opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds told supporters at VCU he's ready to give Virginians four years of progress like they've never seen.

"I'm asking you to be all in for us. If you're all in for us, we're all in for you. Let's get this done," said Deeds.

Deeds says he still has a chance even though recent polls show him trailing by 14 points. Political analyst Dan Palazzolo says both candidates are in a position to rally votes.

"Polls are snapshots in time, even if it's just this past weekend. So it's very important for voters to go out and express their preference," said Palazzolo.

State elections officials say they're hoping for voter turnout levels around 45 percent of registered voters.

With swine flu on everyone's mind, some localities will provide hand sanitizer and even cotton swabs so voters don't have to make contact with touch screens as they vote. The polls open at 6am Tuesday and close at 7pm.

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