HARRISONBURG — Tickets for former President Bill Clinton’s appearance in Harrisonburg on Tuesday are sold out from the local Democratic field office, but are still available from the website of the man Clinton will stump for: gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The web address is terrymcauliffe.com/harrisonburgtickets. Tickets do not guarantee admittance into the event, slated for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at James Madison University’s Festival Conference and Student Center, but overflow seating will be available, the McAuliffe campaign says.
The stop at JMU is part of a four-day, statewide campaign blitz featuring the former president and the Democratic nominee, a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton who raised millions for the couple’s various political campaigns over the years.
Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 5 to select a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. McAuliffe faces Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the sitting attorney general, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, on the gubernatorial ballot.
McAuliffe, whose fundraising prowess helped earn him a stint as Democratic National Committee chairman between 2001 and 2005, hopes the former president’s star power and popularity will help rally the party faithful as the campaign heads into the home stretch. Though McAuliffe has opened up a comfortable lead over Cuccinelli in most polls, Democrats want to guard against complacency at the polls.
Clinton has pressed that message in an appearance on Sunday in Dale City.
“Just remember, the people who aren’t here today, who go to the other fella’s rally, they will be there on Election Day,” Clinton, referring to Cuccinelli and his supporters, told the crowd. It’s a message he’s sure to repeat in the Friendly City on Tuesday and at other stops in the state later that day and on Wednesday.
dnronline.com will have updates throughout the day Tuesday on the former president's stop in Harrisonburg and the DN-R will have complete coverage of the visit in Wednesday's print and web editions.