Turnout will be critical in a tight Presidential race, and Monday Virginia Democratic leaders rolled into Roanoke with a message for the party's supporters.
Monday was the deadline for registering to vote in the November election, and that was part of the pitch. Now, Virginia Democrats must do their best to recapture the enthusiasm that propelled the Obama campaign to victory four years ago.
The Gotta Vote Bus tour stopped in Roanoke for a news conference. Virginia Democratic Chairman Brian Moran joined Roanoke City Council member Sherman Lea, State Senator John Edwards, former Delegate Dick Cranwell and other Democrats at the Obama campaign's Roanoke headquarters. They framed the election as a crucial choice between two different visions for the nation.
"The underlying message is when Virginians vote, Democrats win," Moran told WDBJ7 in an interview. "It was proven in 2008 when three out of every four Virginians voted and we made history for the first time in 44 years. We helped elect a Democrat to the White House, Barack Obama. We obviously expect to repeat history on November 6th, but it takes work and we're out working each and every day now."
Firing up young voters is also part of the strategy. The Gotta Vote bus tour also stopped in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Blacksburg Monday. A Republican bus tour, the Committ to Mitt Early Vote Express visited Roanoke County over the weekend.