NEW: Sarvis Plans City Visit
HARRISONBURG — Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, will make a campaign stop in Harrisonburg on Sunday evening.
Sarvis will hold a meet-and-greet from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 309 in Taylor Hall on James Madison University’s campus, according to an email from campaign officials.
The candidate is hoping to gain the support of younger voters, citing a July 10 Reason-Rupe poll where 53 percent of millennials — those aged between 18 and 29 years old — would support a “socially liberal, politically conservative” candidate.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Sarvis received slightly over 6.5 percent of the vote, the highest amount a Libertarian has received in a statewide race in the commonwealth.
If Sarvis receives at least 10 percent of the vote this election, the Libertarian Party will obtain official party status in Virginia for the next two statewide election cycles.
Sarvis will face off against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who is seeking his second six-year term, and Republican Ed Gillespie in the November general election.
Warner will also be at JMU on Sunday night for an annual Labor Day celebration sponsored by local Democrats.