Rubio Headed to Loudoun

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio will speak today at 1 p.m. at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville.

In the run up to his appearance, Rubio this week picked up endorsements from a number of local elected leaders, including Supervisors Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), and Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge); and school board members Debbie Rose (Algonkian), Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), and Beth Huck (At Large). Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) endorsed Rubio in December.

[Read about Rubio’s endorsement by Comstock, Letourneau, and Meyer here and by Buffington here.]

The campaign stop comes two days before Super Tuesday, when voters in Virginia and a dozen other states go to the polls to choose which major party candidates they want to see on the presidential ballot.

The county is expecting high turnout Tuesday, in line with other primaries around the country.

GOP contenders Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and John Kasich are still in the race and will be on the ballot. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton continue to vie for their party’s nomination.

Because ballots are printed several weeks in advance, the ballots will also include the names of several people who have dropped out of the race: for Democrats, Martin O’Malley; and for Republicans, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore, Christ Christie, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, and Carly Fiorina.

Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day to vote an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, before 5 p.m. Loudouners vote in primaries at their normal polling places.

[Get more information on the election here.]

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