Gecker, Sturtevant stump for votes in 10th District race as Election Day nears

Posted at 10:34 PM, Nov 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-02 00:28:05-05

RICHMOND, Va. – As Election Day nears, campaign signs and offices in parts of Virginia have been vandalized.

In fact, a senate candidate's campaign office in Martinsville was spray-painted and a sign in Hanover was defaced with a swastika over the weekend.

While there has been no vandalism reported in the 10th District Senate race, candidates Democrat Dan Gecker and Republican Glen Sturtevant have battled for the job that pays $18,000 a year by attending events, shaking hands with voters and with a barrage of television commercials.

On Sunday, Sturtevant was stumping in Richmond's Museum District. His campaign workers said they knocked on 70,000 doors.

"The message is resonating with people on the ground and at the door,” Sturtevant said.

Meanwhile Gecker was rallying supporters with Gov. Terry Mcauliffe and Senator Mark Warner since Democrats could take back the State Senate if he wins.

“We've got a lot of momentum going into the final days,” Gecker said.


10th District State Senate Race

While the two candidates differ on many things, WTVR CBS 6 political reporter Joe St. George questioned both about one of their greatest differences: gun control.

“We have got to enforce the laws that are on the books,” Sturtevant said. “We've got to enforce the laws we have on the books.”

Sturtevant said Virginia has enough gun laws, but Gecker disagrees.

“My platform has been clear,” he said. “We are looking to close the gun show loophole and expand background checks.”

While there are two other candidates on the ballot, it is likely Gecker or Sturtevant will have the job come Wednesday morning.

Political analysts said voter turnout will decide the 10th District race, which includes parts of Richmond, Chesterfield and Powhatan. That’s because President Obama actually carried the district in 2008 and 2012. However, Republicans have often won off-year elections.