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Joe Biden to Campaign for Ralph Northam in Virginia

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    Joe Biden to Campaign for Ralph Northam in Virginia
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    Joe and Jill Biden appear during the Invictus Games on Sept. 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit northern Virginia this weekend to campaign with Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam.

    Northam's campaign announced Tuesday that Biden and Northam will host a roundtable discussion on workforce development Saturday in Reston.

    "Ralph and the Vice President will discuss Ralph’s G3 plan -- Get Skilled, Get A Job and Give Back -- to develop a skilled workforce to fill the essential, well-paying new collar jobs of the 21st century in cybersecurity, computer programming, clean energy, healthcare and other high needs areas," a statement Northam's office released Tuesday said. 

    Vice President Mike Pence plans to appear the same day with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie, the candidate's office previously announced. The two are set to attend a rally in Abingdon, in southwest Virginia.

    The race between Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state's lieutenant governor, and Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in the country in November.

    The race is being viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office and as a preview of the 2018 midterm elections.