Gerald L. Baliles, normally Virginia's governor, became a cheerleader yesterday.

On a blustery, sun-splashed autumn day, Baliles toured Northern Virginia, exhorting local Democratic candidates in Fairfax and Arlington counties and Alexandria in a "countdown to the victories of Election Day" on Tuesday.

At a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Tysons Corner, the governor declared: "Fairfax County . . . needs more leadership -- and that's spelled M-O-O-R-E!" The crowd of 150 Democrats rose to applaud Supervisor Audrey Moore, who is challenging Republican incumbent John F. Herrity for the chairmanship of the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax's top elected position.

Moore smiled and waved.

At a noon rally on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, he again drew cheers when he said that "even though {Moore} may be outspent, she won't be outvoted." The remark was an apparent reference to the campaign war chest of almost $500,000 amassed by Herrity, nearly twice what Moore has collected.

At the breakfast and the rally, Baliles managed to mention every Northern Virginia Democrat running for the state legislature and the Fairfax County Board, calling them "a slate of candidates we are rightfully proud of."

The governor also met in the morning with Arlington Sheriff James A. Gondles Jr., the Democratic incumbent who is locked in a fierce campaign against Republican Ronald B. Hager, his former chief deputy. Baliles and Gondles discussed a literacy program for Arlington jail inmates, a program that the governor has championed.

In the afternoon, Baliles also campaigned with Alexandria Dels. Marian Van Landingham and Bernard S. Cohen, both of whom face Republican opponents who are not considered serious threats.

All of Northern Virginia's 29 seats in the state General Assembly are on the ballot this year, as are all nine seats on the Fairfax board.

It was the second trip to Northern Virginia for Baliles this fall. A month ago, he came to endorse Moore and to hold a fund-raiser for her and other Democratic candidates.