While the Washington Post argues that state-wide candidates (especially the gubernatorial candidates) are focusing on vote-rich Northern Virginia, the reality is somewhat more nuanced. State-wide candidates are making plays at potential voters NOVA, through traditional direct voter strategies like advertisements, direct mailings, robocalls, and get out the vote. And, with NOVA comprising between 30-40% of the Democratic electorate, no one can fault this strategy.
Several state-wide candidates, however, have spent valuable time and energy courting Southside voters only hours before polls open Tuesday. Yesterday, Lt. Gov. candidate Mike Signer visited Red Birch Energy, outside of Martinsville, and talked green energy jobs. Today, gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran visited Martinsville, and tomorrow Creigh Deeds will hold a rally in Uptown Martinsville. Each of these stops was/will be part of a greater Southside swing.
In the golden moments before E-Day, these candidates are showing us that, while NOVA votes are important, our votes matter also.
Update: Here are the Martinsville Bulletin's article on Moran's visit, and a Washington Post article on Deeds' Southside swing.