By Carla Branch and James Cullum
The campaign that began, in some cases, more than two years ago is over. Now, it’s the voters’ turn to speak.
On Monday, Republican and Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general crisscrossed Virginia joining local candidates for rallies. Bob McDonnell and the other Republican candidates began the day in Alexandria. They held a rally at local Republican headquarters, with State Senator Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for attorney general, carrying a broom and planning for a Republican sweep.
Monday night, it was the Democrats’ turn with a rally at Market Square. State Senator Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon were joined by Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Congressman Jim
Moran, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and many of Northern Virginia’s Democratic candidates
for the House of Delegates. Alexandria was the final stop on a four-day, 20-stop “All in for Virginia” tour. Polls show Deeds trailing McDonnell by as many as 11 points.
The polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. “Voters need to remember that 7:00 p.m. is a hard deadline,” said Alexandria’s General Registrar Tom Parkins. “Only those people who are in line when the polls close will be allowed to vote.”
After the polls close, Democrats will assemble at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria at 901 N. Fairfax Street. Republicans will watch the returns at Pat Troy’s Restaurant & Pub at 111 N. Pitt Street.