Capi­tol Hill can­di­dates en­ter home stretch

Repub­li­can John Warner en­dorses Cockburn; Trump en­dorses Rig­gle­man

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By JoHn Mccaslin

The fi­nal hours of po­lit­i­cal stump­ing are upon us, as U.S. House and Se­nate can­di­dates vy­ing to rep­re­sent Rap­pa­han­nock County pull out all the stops ahead of Election Day, Tues­day, Nov. 6th.

Even last Sun­day, which found 5th district Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­date Leslie Cockburn of Rap­pa­han­nock County start­ing her day in The Plains, where she se­cured the sup­port of not one but two Warn­ers — Demo­cratic Sen. Mark Warner and for­mer Repub­li­can Sen. John Warner — and fin­ish­ing it in Slate Mills, where for­mer Ver­mont gover­nor and pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Howard Dean ad­dressed lo­cal Democrats by speak­er­phone.

“Both Se­na­tors Warner were there to sup­port me, so we had Mark and John. It was a bi-par­ti­san event,” Cockburn told the Slate Mills au­di­ence. “That’s very im­por­tant be­cause . . . I find there are a lot of Repub­li­cans in the district who are com­ing our way.”

Repub­li­can con­gres­sional can­di­date Den­ver Rig­gle­man, mean­while, re­ceived full endorsements this week from Pres­i­dent Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, the lat­ter prais­ing the Af­ton busi­ness owner as a “prin­ci­pled

con­ser­va­tive” who is “com­mit­ted to work­ing with” the White House.

As th­ese endorsements came in, new rat­ings from Univer­sity of Vir­ginia po­lit­i­cal fore­caster Larry Sa­bato shift the 5th district race from lean­ing Repub­li­can to a “toss-up,” while other po­lit­i­cal ob­servers put the pair “neck-and­neck” go­ing into the home­stretch.

Also on the bal­lot: U.S. Se­nate can­di­dates who in­clude in­cum­bent Demo­cratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Repub­li­can Corey Stew­art, and Lib­er­tar­ian Matt Wa­ters. Kaine this past week con­tin­ued to en­joy a dou­ble-digit lead in sev­eral polls.

Vot­ers who live in the town of Washington will also se­lect a new mayor, trea­surer and town coun­cil. (See can­di­date pro­files on Page 6).

Rap­pa­han­nock vot­ers who num­ber in the thou­sands and who haven’t al­ready cast early bal­lots will head to six lo­cal polling sta­tions from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues­day, Nov. 6th.

Also note that the fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to vote in-per­son ab­sen­tee in Rap­pa­han­nock County is this Satur­day, Nov. 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county election of­fice on Court­house Row in Washington.

Cockburn told sup­port­ers Sun­day even­ing that she will be­gin Election Day vot­ing in Rap­pa­han­nock County, then travel “all over” the sprawl­ing district that stretches from the North Carolina bor­der prac­ti­cally to Mary­land, ar­riv­ing in Danville Tues­day af­ter­noon, and then on to Char­lottesville that even­ing to watch the election returns from Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brew­ery at 520 2nd St. SE.

After his fi­nal day of cam­paign­ing across the district, Rig­gle­man’s Election Night party will be held at Blue Mountain Brew­ery in Nel­son County, 9519 Critzers Shop Rd., in Af­ton, be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m.

Early election results will be posted on­line Tues­day even­ing, Nov. 6, at www.rapp­news.com. Com­plete election cov­er­age will ap­pear in next Thurs­day’s edi­tion of this news­pa­per.

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