Low Turnout Projected for High Stakes Va. Elections

Dems, GOP hotly contest State Senate races

By Julie Carey
|  Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 8:32 PM EDT
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Low Turnout Projected for High Stakes Va. Elections

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A final push to get voters to the polls in Tuesday’s elections in Virginia is under way.

Turnout is expected to be low, but it’s a high-stakes affair.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, the most popular figures in their parties in the commonwealth, spent the past three days crisscrossing Virginia to get out the vote. Their focus is the State Senate. Democrats have a four-seat majority that Republicans have set their sights on claiming. Democrats say it’s critical to keep a balance in Richmond

Even the crowds at some rallies have been thin. Monday at George Mason University, Democrats tried to fire up supporters by pointing to a controversial Halloween email recently sent out by the Loudoun County Republican Committee featuring a zombie caricature of President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his head.

McDonnell condemned the cartoon, and the creator of the email resigned his party post. At a Prince William County rally over the weekend, McDonnell criticized Democrats for trying to stir fears to win votes.

Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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