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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:45 am

For Augusta County native Matt Wertman, the real work in the Virginia governor's race on college campuses started two months ago.

"We've been on all the major campuses in Virginia trying to assess which way students lean,'' said Wertman, a University of Virginia architecture student and chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia, which has chapters on 30 Virginia campuses.

Wertman said now that college supporters of Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli have been identified, the followup action is to knock on dorm doors and make sure the students vote on election day.

There have been football tailgate parties for Cuccinelli at college campuses, and the Republican candidate appeared with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at a Liberty University rally Saturday night.

Cuccinelli's Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, has 12 campus coordinators across Virginia working to get the youth vote out, said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin.

Online poll

If the U.S. Senate election was held today, who would you vote for?

One of Virginia's two Senate seats is up for grabs this November, with the choices between incumbent Mark Warner, Republican challenger Ed Gillespie and Libertarian challenger Robert Sarvis.

Total Votes: 801

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