President Obama makes a stop in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE (WWBT) - Election Day is fast approaching and Virginia will be buzzing with political activity this weekend. President Barack Obama is getting personally involved with the race with a visit today to Charlottesville. The president is hoping to rally the Democratic base and encourage them to get out and vote.

In Charlottesville Friday he will headline a major rally for Congressman Tom Perriello.

Two years ago it was enthusiasm for President Obama that helped Perriello upset a long time Republican, but this year the President is not on the ballot, and his popularity has dropped, especially with Republicans -- which there are quite a bit of the in the 5th District.

This race is tight, but it appears that Perriello is trailing right now. He is hoping a big boost of media coverage and excitement from the President will push him over the finish line.

If you want to see the President this is a public event at the Charlottesville Pavilion in downtown Charlottesville. The gates open at 5pm.

A spokesperson for Perriello's opponent, State Senator Robert Hurt claims it is their campaign that will benefit from this visit.  They said it has been the "best" thing for their fundraising and their "get out the vote" effort.

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