Antonio Olivo Reporter on government, politics and demography in Northern Virginia November 5 at 2:27 PM Former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance in Northern Virginia Monday to recruit supporters for Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Jennifer Wexton on the eve of elections Day, part of a series of stops in the past week to help Democrats gain control over at least the house. Obama carried a box of donuts and a crowd of about 60 mostly young campaigners and volunteers in a Wexton field office in Fairfax County. He cast the elections as a referendum on the future of the country. "You vote, you can save a life, that is quite rare when that happens," Obama told the crowd, referring to the potential for a congress controlled by the republicans to keep promises to withdraw the Affordable Care Act. Democrats claim that people with pre-existing health problems would hurt. [As Va. Democrats hold unity rallies, for Republicans, it’s every candidate for themselves days before election] And he attacked President Trump for what the ex-president & # 39; sow fear & # 39; mentioned and repeated lies. "The most important thing is that the character of this country is on the ballot," Obama said. "The politics we expect are on the agenda, and how we behave in public life is on the ballot."
Former President Barack Obama, left, donating, with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Center and congressman Jennifer Wexton (D-), right, for a demonstration with campaign volunteers in Fairfax, Va., On Monday. (Bill O & # 39; Leary / The Washington Post) [Obama says Indiana voters don’t want `a yes man’] The appearance of the popular ex-president was mainly intended to stimulate Wexton in her race against Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in the 10th convention district stretching from McLean to the West Virginia border. The chair has been in the hands of the Republicans for almost 40 years and the serious challenge of Wexton has made it one of the best viewed matches in the country. Wexton (D) had a 11-point lead on Comstock in a Washington Post-Schlar School poll held at the end of last month. [Here’s your Election Day primer: Wexton and Comstock on the issues] But Comstock – a tenacious campaigner with deep roots in the district looking for a third term – has expounded the Democrat $ 5.8 million to $ 5.4 million. In the Sentate race, Kaine is ahead of the Republican challenger Corey A. Stewart with almost 20 points in most polls, surpassing him with a margin of almost 10-1, with $ 22.3 million. His voice hoarse of rallies in Miami, Chicago and Gary, Ind. The past few days, Obama Wexton, a former prosecutor of Loudoun County, said "part of a wave or remarkable candidates we see everywhere in the country. " the wave includes more women and military veterans who run for seats held by republicans, he said. "People who did not start saying for themselves:" I want to be a politician ", but rather:" I want to serve "," said Obama, "the former president called Kaine. a model of decency and compassion and do what you think is right, even if it is not politically expedient & # 39 ;. [Virginia Senate race means googling Plácido Domingo and finding Tim Kaine] Kaine "is someone I've seen that do time and time again," Obama said. Both Wexton and Kaine harbored themselves in the admiration that the crowd showed for Obama. Wexton named the historic victory of the former president in 2008 her inspiration for looking for a position. "Since the first day I have really said that my campaign is not about gloom and doom," she said. "My campaign is about hope and change." Kaine repeated Obama's message about the high deployment of the interim elections. "Even more than a blue wave, what this country needs right now, what this world needs from us at the moment, is a wave of compassion, a wave of character," he said. "That's fixed tomorrow night." Nancy Davis, who opened the doors of the voters to Wexton, said she agrees with that characterization. Still, when she looked out the window on a rainy morning on a Monday morning, Davis, 71, said that she was thinking about taking the day off from the campaign. The look of Obama made her happy that she decided to defy the wet weather, she said. "My husband said," Do not leave. It rains, "said Davis, looking at Obama who posed for selfies with other supporters and hoped that he would find his way through a big crowd to her. Davis can never meet Obama. But she was still energetic to knock on more doors on Monday. "We may send this election a message, that we do not accept hatred and we do not accept fear," Davis said, heading for a voluntary log-in table when a small group began reciting an Obama mantra: "Fired, ready to go! "