Northam campaigns in Roanoke as Election Day nears

Top Democrats attend church services Sunday, encourage people to vote


ROANOKE, Va. – Ralph Northam and Tim Kaine sat in a front pew Sunday morning at Roanoke’s Pilgrim Baptist Church.

The two spent time Sunday in southwest Virginia. Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, attended two church services in Roanoke with Kaine, a Democratic U.S. senator, and other elected officials.

"A lot of energy in here," Northam said. "It was just a good time to worship with them."

Both major party candidates are traveling all over the state in the final nine days of their campaigns.

"It's good to be back in the Star City. I graduated from VMI so I have a lot of friends out here," Northam said.

It’s part of a push to encourage people to vote. The final pitch from the Democrats focuses on jobs, education and health care.

"Our message is resonating across Virginia. There's a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement. We just want to make sure we take this enthusiasm to the polls on November the 7th," Northam said.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Sheriff Tim Allen and Virginia Senator John Edwards also spent the day with them to support Northam.

"Our commonwealth and our country could use a healer right now and that's who Ralph is," Kaine said.

Both sides are continuing to spend large amounts of money on a race that polls predict is within a single-digit percentage point margin.

"Virginia is a state of close races. We're not a state that produces landslides," Kaine said. "What that means is, everybody's vote really counts and even what the turnout is in Roanoke could determine the entire state election."

The trio also went to Roanoke's Loudon Avenue Christian Church this morning.

Tune in to WSLS 10 News at 6 to hear from Northam and Kaine at today's events.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is attending meet-and-greet events in northern Virginia Sunday. He’ll take part in a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Monday.