Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and other Republican heavy-hitters visited the Virginia Tech Airport Sunday on a last-minute campaign stop in support of Morgan Griffith, the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in the 9th District.
The party representatives addressed about 120 attendees and talked about Griffith’s congressional campaign as part of a national effort to regain a Republican majority.
“We’re very optimistic that we’ll take back the House,” McDonnell said after his speech.
McDonnell shared stories about very close elections, stressing the importance of the individual vote.
“A handful of votes in each precinct are going to make a difference,” McDonnell said. “There’s so much at stake.”
Griffith was the last speaker of the rally. He emphasized his grassroots campaign strategies.
Since 1985, Griffith said he has personally worked polling booths in every election, and does not intend to change his plans for the upcoming election.
“I’ll be working the polls until 7 o’clock,” Griffith said after his speech.
Today, Griffith is running his biggest race yet, hoping to knock off the Democratic incumbent of 28 years, Rick Boucher.
“His defeat sends a message not only to the Democrats but the (Environmental Protection Agency) that you can’t kill the jobs and they need to back off a little bit,” Griffith said.
State party chairman Pat Mullins, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, 7th District Del. Dave Nutter and 6th District Del. Bob Goodlatte joined the governor.