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McAuliffe Rallies Supports

Anita Kumar

Democratic gubernatorial Terry McAuliffe appeared in front of 100 enthusiastic supporters wearing bright blue "McAuliffe for governor" stickers at a coffee shop near Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. McAuliffe signs snaked around the coffee shop and up and around the adjacent streets.

He bounded up the makeshift stage, wearing a suit jacket on one of the hotter days this summer, after he was introduced as the next governor of commonwealth of Virginia.

"Tomorrow's the big day!'' McAuliffe said to a crowd waving blue McAuliffe for governor signs. "This has been what you are working on for months!"

McAuliffe, who was losing his voice, rattled off his campaign's get-out-the vote-effort: Six thousand volunteers are projected to make 1 million phone calls and knocked on 8,500 doors in the state.

"This is unprecedented in Virginia gubernatorial history,'' he said. "It is going to be a huge day tomorrow. We have spent the last six months IDing voters, talking to voters. We know tomorrow who we need to bring out to vote. We're playing in every part if Virginia, which is the campaign we have built."

The racially diverse crowd include younger students from nearby VCU and older retirees. McAuliffe told them how he would donate his salary to charity, install ethics reform which includes no gifts for legislators from lobbyists, restore felons voting rights and shut down payday lender stores.

"I've talked about this from day one when we got in this campaign, that we are going to run a campaign on bog bold ideas. We're going to do things differently. We have to shake it up here in Richmond."

John Borgard, a retiree from Richmond, started knocking on doors for McAuliffe two months ago after he saw some of Obama's staff involve in McAuliffe's campaign. "He is hard charging,'' he said. "We need some of that."

McAuliffe started his day at an International House of Pancakes in Norfolk and ended it in Alexandria, where he kicked off a neighborhood canvas.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 8, 2009; 4:58 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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