Along the Biden Campaign Trail: Getting Out the Vote in Virginia


Joe Biden used to press the flesh. Now he presses “Photo.” By Scott MacConomy

By Kelly MacConomy

Alexandria, VA – Two days before Election Day, 2019: Get out the vote time in Virginia and the candidates are out in force. Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden was making all the stops in NOVA Sunday.

Biden made an appearance in Leesburg before a rally stop in nearby Sterling with former Virginia Terry McAuliffe at his side. Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Phyllis Randall, herself in a competitive race, kicked off the campaign stump with introductions by Virginia State Senate candidate Delegate John Bell (D-87th)), Delegate Eileen Filler-Korn (D-41st) and Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-45th) who represents portions of Alexandria City, Fairfax, and Falls Church.

State Senator Dick Saslaw rallies the rally. Photo by Scott MacConomy.

Terry McAuliffe gave a characteristically impassioned pep talk to rally the grassroots boots on the ground before a final push canvas in Loudoun County. Senator Saslaw delivered a humorous pitch referencing his age as virtually antebellum despite progressive politics to the contrary.

Vice President Biden followed both veteran statesmen looking tan, youthful and energized to campaign until the ball crosses the goal line.

Vice President Biden addresses the crowd in Sterling. Photo by Scott MacConomy

VP Biden proved to be the selfie king, spending an extra 40 minutes or so posing and reposing for those keepsake Insta and Facebook memories. Selfie sticks soon outnumbered media mics and press pool tripod rigs. After a brief elected VIP meet-and-greet, the Biden campaign entourage then made its way across the Fairfax County line to the stately stone manse of the McAuliffes in McLean.

Vice President Biden takes yet another selfie. Photo by Scott MacConomy.

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang was campaigning in the Old Dominion yesterday, 11/4, with a rally at George Mason University in Fairfax from 6 ~ 8 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.

Senator Bernie Sanders also made an appearance election eve stumping for Delegates Lee Carter and Elizabeth Guzman.
Have a nice day! 🙂

Kelly MacConomy

Kelly MacConomy is the Arts Editor for The Zebra Press.

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