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On Election Eve, Virginia Campaigns Have New Task: Get Voters To Polls

Tuesday is Election Day in Virginia, and that has the campaigns revving up their get-out-the-vote machines.

You’ve seen all the negative ads in Virginia’s heated gubernatorial contest. Those are meant to tear apart the credibility of the opposition. Now that the candidates have been defined — and distorted — both campaigns are rallying to get people out to the polls.

On Saturday, a Northern Virginia resident came out to Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s rally and left with a stack of yard signs. “They’re going to go in primary Route 7 locations so everyone can see them during rush hour," he explained.

With this being an off-year election, both sides spent the weekend manning phone banks and going door to door. Leesburg Supervisor Ken Reid is asking Cuccinelli supporters to do all they can to give his candidate an edge.

“Do some door knocking. If every one of you tell your friends to vote we will win this election. That’s how important it is. So it’s important to go to rallies, it’s great to put out signs, it’s great to post on Facebook, but getting out there making calls, going door to door. I have a brace on my knee and I was out there today walking," he said.

The campaigns are preparing to keep their get-out-the-vote efforts going until the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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