CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie spent about 20 minutes at a campaign office with supporters and volunteers on Monday.

The lively crowd featured candidates in local races, but the focus was on Gillespie's tight race for the governor's mansion and the differences between him and his main competitor, Democrat Ralph Northam.

The stop in Chesapeake was one of five across the Commonwealth the day before the election. It also was the only appearance in Hampton Roads. Gillespie specifically mentioned issues affecting the people who live here.

“The difference is going to be the policy proposals to ease traffic congestion, to make us BRAC-ready here, to dredge the channel in our port, to address the challenges we face in our commonwealth,” he said. “People are hungry for that.”

Gillespie believes his policy proposals have helped his campaign pick up momentum.

“We've been gaining steam over the last couple weeks, and I think we're gaining a lot of steam right now,” he said.

Without the draw of a presidential election, 13News Now asked the Republican how he can turn enthusiasm into actual votes at the polls on Election Day.

“We've got a great plan and a great team of volunteers, dedicated volunteers, the mighty, mighty ‘G-force,’ he Gillespie stated. “There's thousands of us all across the Commonwealth, and we're getting our friends and neighbors, people we work with, to make sure they go vote tomorrow so that we win this race.”

Gillespie headed to Richmond after his stop in Chesapeake. He followed that with an appearance in Northern Virginia with the rest of the Republican ticket.