Post reporter Michelle Boorstein went to the polling place in Glen Allen where Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore voted this morning. Here's her report:
All the way until Election Day, until he cast his vote in a little elementary school gym, Jerry Kilgore was still trying to clarify one message above all others: I am very, very different from Tim Kaine.
"We are the two most different candidates to ever run," for governor in Virginia, he said, repeating words he uses regularly. Kaine, he said, is "an instinctive liberal."
Kilgore spent about 15 minutes in the sunshine this morning outside Rivers Edge Elementary School, talking to a throng of reporters and about 25 supporters, including neighbors of his in the tidy suburb of Glen Allen, where he moved from southwest Virginia in 1994 to work as secretary of public safety under then-Gov. George Allen. Mothers poked their heads out of large, bright, new homes across the street and horses grazed next to a manmade pond.
Most of the supporters waving orange and blue signs and chanting "Jerry! Jerry!" were far too young to vote; some of the children and teens live in Henrico County, but about half said they were home-schooled children from Ohio who came to Virginia a week ago to help Kilgore.
"I think in the final days it came down to: Who do you trust? Virginians may not all agree with me but they know where I stand," Kilgore told reporters as his wife, Marty, and two young children stood beside him.
Kilgore and his staff speak often about how deliberate and targeted their get-out-the-vote machine is, and when the candidate was asked this morning how well he thinks his turnout strategy will work, he said, "This is exactly the way I wanted to run for office."
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