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Pence, Biden, Harris Confirm Upcoming Pre-Election Stops in Virginia

Vice President Mike Pence greets supporters at an Indiana airport.
Vice President Mike Pence greets supporters at an Indiana airport. (White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic predecessor, Joe Biden, have confirmed upcoming visits to Virginia ahead of crucial legislative elections. Sen. Kamala Harris, who is running against Biden in the Democratic presidential primary, has also announced a stop. 

Pence is set to rally Republican supporters at Kempsville Middle School in Virginia Beach with a get-out-the-vote event on November 2nd sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Committee.

The next day, Biden will make a stop in Northern Virginia. Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, will make a seperate appearance on October 30. His staff confirmed the visits but haven’t announced locations or given any details on the appearances.

Harris, meanwhile, will stump for two Northern Virginia Democrats, Dan Helmer and Del. Kathy Tran, in stops this Sunday.

Harris and Biden are the latest in a string of Democratic presidential hopefuls to visit Virginia ahead of the elections, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, and Sen. Corey Booker.

Democrats have poured national fundraising dollars and star power into their fight to take control of the state legislature.

Actor Alec Baldwin stumped for Democrats earlier this week, and singer Jason Mraz has released songs supporting other candidates.

They’re trying to drum up enthusiasm for Virginia’s off-off year elections, where turnout is often low -- about 30% during similar races in 2015. That dynamic has generally helped Republicans.

Virginia is one of four states with legislative elections this year, and the only one most political watchers see a possible shift in the balance of power.

 

Ben Paviour covers courts and criminal justice for VPM News with a focus on accountability.
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