Congressional 7th District candidates work to rally voters before Election Day

Posted at 12:23 AM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-01 00:23:36-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- With Election Day now less than two days away, the final push for candidates and campaigns brought several big names to Central Virginia Saturday.

The 7th Congressional District race between Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D), who is running for a second term, and Delegate Nick Freitas (R) is likely the tightest in our region.

Spanberger appeared Saturday evening in Henrico with Sen. Mark Warner and several big name Virginia Democrats Saturday as well as Doug Emhoff, the husband of vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

Both said that healthcare and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic are on the ballot.

"People need leadership and change on those issues, Joe and Kamala are going to work just as hard for the people who voted for them as the people who didn't,” Emhoff said. “And, they're really going to try to bring us together."

Spanberger said she is still hoping for another COVID-19 stimulus bill.

"Certainly, within our race, I've been actively and aggressively working to get relief,” Spanberger said. “In fact, I've spoken out against my party when my party put forward a non-negotiated bill, knowing that it wouldn't actually deliver relief. Notably, my opponent actively voted against COVID relief in the statehouse."

Spanberger also said that attack ads trying to tie her to "national boogie-men" in the Democratic party don't jive with her voting record.

Freitas spoke to a group of campaign volunteers in Midlothian Saturday morning before they headed out to knock on doors and talk with voters.

Freitas said his closing pitch centers around making sure individuals and businesses have more choices and freedoms and claims Spanberger's policies will do the opposite.

"I don't question her intentions, but I certainly question the policy and I think that's the fundamental difference,” Freitas said. “Where should more control be? Should it be in the hands of individuals, free people, families, communities -- or should it be in the hands of DC?”

Freitas currently represents the area near Culpeper County in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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