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

Vice President Joe Biden used to press the flesh. Now he presses”photo.”

By Kelly MacConomy
Alexandria, VA – Two days before Election Day, 2019: GOTV 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.

Vice President Biden addressing the crowd. Photo by Scott MacConomy

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.

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.

Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw speaking at the rally. Photo by Scott MacConomy

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

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 McAuliffe’s In McLean.

Vice President Biden posing for 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 to 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! 🙂