NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Ralph Northman had the look and the sound of a man who thinks he is going to win, one day before the gubernatorial election, and on the very day that a new Christopher Newport University poll had the Democrat beating Republican Ed Gillespie by six percentage points.
The VMI graduate, Desert Storm combat medic, and current pediatric neurologist and Lieutenant Governor barnstormed the state with running mates Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax. The trio appeared at a rally at the Norfolk Federation of Teachers.
There, Northam thanked volunteers and urged them to help get out the vote on Tuesday. Traditionally, off-year elections in Virginia draw around 40 percent of elected voters to the polls.
Northam expressed confidence, saying his own experience and ideas give him the edge.
Northam weighed in on the negative advertising which has taken over the Virginia airwaves. But, asked to denounce the ads on both sides, Northam only talked about Gillespie ads, which he said are "untrue and despicable."
Without mentioning him by name, Northam had harsh words for the tone of President Donald J. Trump's campaign last year, which Norham said was "hateful" and "divisive." Northam told supporters, "We don't want a repeat of 2016."
However, in some ways, Northam ought to want a repeat. That's because, last year, Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton carried Virginia by five percentage points. It was the only state in the South that she won.
Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states in the country this year with state-wide elections, following Trump's Electoral College victory last year.