Ahead of Monday’s deadline to register to vote in Virginia, Republicans and Democrats are making a big push this weekend to get supporters signed up.
President Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee rolled through Hampton and Norfolk on Saturday with its “Gotta Vote” bus tour. Meanwhile, the “Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express” made stops in Roanoke and Blacksburg on behalf of Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) headlined the Democrats’ bus tour.
“Virginia deserves the attention, but nobody’s taking any vote or any state for granted,” Patrick, who has also spent time in Minnesota, Colorado, Florida and North Carolina on behalf of the campaign, said in a phone interview between stops.
“I think it’s very important to show up and energize the volunteers,” he added.
One of Romney’s sons, Craig, was the star surrogate aboard the GOP bus, which started cruising the state Tuesday.
On Sunday, the Democrats’ bus will swing through Mount Vernon, Richmond and Charlottesville. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) will be the main attractions.
Romney’s bus will hit Williamsburg Sunday with Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg) aboard.