Dave Matthews to join McAuliffe for get-out-the-vote rally

October 24, 2021 GMT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Musician Dave Matthews is joining the long list of high-profile campaigners trying to get out the vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe as this year’s closely watched race for governor nears the finish.

Matthews is set to perform an acoustic set at a rally Sunday in Charlottesville with McAuliffe, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams and Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison.

The event is free and open to the public. Those who attend will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry, although children not eligible to be vaccinated are welcome.

McAuliffe, who preceded Gov. Ralph Northam in office, is in a tight race against first-time candidate Republican Glenn Youngkin as he seeks a second term in office. A series of high-profile Democrats have visited Virginia recently to fire up voters, including Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.


Youngkin’s campaign said he will kick off a bus tour over the weekend, beginning with an early vote rally Saturday evening in suburban Richmond.

Election Day is Nov. 2. Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Also on the ballot are all 100 seats in the House of Delegates and races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.