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Volunteers Working Hard Ahead of Election Day

Democratic and Republican volunteers are working hard to get their message out to voters, reminding the party faithful to head to the polls and trying to sway swing voters.

Dana Bailey is a retired account executive from Glen Allen who works phone banks for Democratic candidates. She’s telling voters how important it is to go to the polls in off year elections.

Final Wason Poll Gives Warner 51% to 44% Lead Over Gillespie

Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.

The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.

Randolph Macon Debate: Brat and Trammell Tussle Over Immigration

Immigration was a central theme at the  October 28 7th district congressional debate between Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell at Randolph Macon College. Brat opposes the Dream Act which grants legal permanent status to undocumented immigrant students. Trammell supports it but says there is more work to do.

Brat does not support comprehensive reform saying it would provide 10 million illegal U.S. residents a pathway to citizenship. Brat says the focus on immigration must be securing the U.S. Border, which he says is open to national security threats.

Brat and Trammell Argue Minimum Wage Hike at Randolph Macon Debate

Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell held their final debate October 28 in Virginia’s 7th District congressional election, where they weighed in on whether Congress should raise the minimum wage. Trammel says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have a tremendous economic benefit. Brat says the way to grow wages is through increasing American’s productivity levels, not increasing them by mandate.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For tipped employees it’s $2.13 per hour.

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