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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side in the final days of Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor.

Gillespie and Northam are racing across the state Monday after a weekend spent trying to rally supporters ahead of Election Day.

Allied groups and political parties on both sides are touting unprecedented get-out-the-vote efforts.

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The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee noted that Maryland was one of three states most targeted by Russian ads during the 2016 presidential elections.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that North Carolina Republican Richard Burr used the heavily Democratic state to downplay the impact of the Russian backed ads.

The paper reports that there were 262 ads in Maryland as opposed to Wisconsin which saw only 55.

President Trump barely won Wisconsin.

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It could be Jack Heath for Wicomico County Executive.

There’s a new website promoting the Salisbury City Council president’s name for the job.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that would make an announcement next Wednesday.

Incumbent County Executive Bob Culver told the paper that he was not surprised.

He added that the city was looking for someone to run against him next year.

The website is listed as Friends of Jack Heath.

Mark Granger is named as its treasurer.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Students at William & Mary's law school will run a non-partisan hotline for Virginia voters on Election Day.

The university in Williamsburg said in a statement Wednesday that it will specifically provide information on individuals' voting rights.

The phones will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 757-742-3095.

The school said its goal is to prevent any confusion at the polls. 

The William & Mary Election Law Society has operated its VOTEline service since November 2007. It's only available on Election Day.

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The Democratic field in Maryland's gubernatorial race has gotten crowded. But, the first to enter the contest was Alec Ross, formerly with the State Department under President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him during a visit to the Eastern Shore and talked about the issues, incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan and his own Democratic party.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Tuesday is the last day Virginia voters can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a ballot for the Nov. 7 election.

Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year. Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam and Libertarian Cliff Hyra are vying to replace outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Both major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor are promising to improve the state's health care system.

But Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam differ sharply on how to curb costs and increase care.

Their biggest difference is on Medicaid expansion.

Northam wants to expand the health care program for the poor to cover more low-income Virginians, with the federal government picking up most of the cost.

Gillespie opposes Medicaid expansion, saying its long-term price tag will be unsustainable.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is bemoaning the rise of racial politics.

Speaking at political rallies in New Jersey and Virginia, Obama said past prejudices the country thought it had "put to bed" have reemerged.

The first black president offered himself as proof that the country has moved forward, telling the crowd in Richmond, Virginia - the former Capitol of the Confederacy - that he is a distant relative to Confederate President Jefferson Davis on his mother's side.

"Think about that," Obama said. "I'll bet he's spinning in his grave."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's race for governor sharply disagree when it comes to guns.

Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and pledged to "oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment."

Democrat Ralph Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership. He's backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group as well as by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month's elections.
Obama will first drop in on campaign workers in Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday for a private "canvass kickoff" for Democratic candidate Phil Murphy. He will then head to Richmond, Virginia, to rally support for Democrat Ralph Northam.
Murphy is leading in polls against New Jersey's Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the race to replace Gov. Chris Christie.

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