- November 5, 2013
Blog post submitted by Jamie Lockhart.
Jamie Lockhart serves as the Virginia State Director for HRC and has been on the ground since August working to elect Virginia's pro-equality ticket of McAuliffe, Northam and Herring. She just took a 15 minute break from knocking on doors to send us this blog post.
Today's the big day! Our organizers have been working hard for several months and today voters in Virginia are going to the polls. It is so exciting to see everything come together and see our volunteers in action.
The last three days our staff and volunteers have knocked on thousands of doors and we'll continue knocking until the polls close at 7:00 pm.
I've been knocking in Prince William County - a battleground county that went for President Obama by 16%, but that went for Governor Bob McDonnell (R) by 17% in 2009. Turnout is critical in this election and that's why our team spent so much time recruiting volunteers for the final days to knock on doors to support the pro-equality ticket.
HRC-endorsed Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam is running against Bishop E.W. Jackson. The Republican nominee has a long history of spewing anti-LGBT rhetoric, and has claimed gay people were everything from “perverted” to “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally” to “incapable of love.” In a video released last year, Jackson said gay people should just stay in the closet: “They can keep their homosexuality private.” And, in the same video, Jackson claimed Planned Parenthood caused more harm than the Ku Klux Klan ever did.
HRC-endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe Republican is facing off against Ken Cuccinelli, who is backed by the discriminatory National Organization for Marriage. While serving as Attorney General, Cuccinelli urged Virginia’s public colleges and universities to rescind policies that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. Cuccinelli said the schools, that had adopted such policies, did so “without proper authority.” Cuccinelli has also said he believes LGBT individuals are “wrong” and “deviant.”
And HRC-endorsed Attorney General Candidate Mark Herring is neck-and-neck against Republican Mark Obenshain, according to a recent Washington Post poll.
McAuliffe, Northam, and Herring need your support, and Virginians need to keep hateful candidates like Jackson and Cucinelli out of office. Do you know voters in Virginia? If so, give them a call or send them a text and make sure they're heading to the polls before 7:00 pm. They can look up their polling location at http://terrymcauliffe.com/locate.
Back to the doors! We only have a few hours to make sure our supporters vote!