Can Kerry Washington (and Obama) Fix the Virginia Governor Race?

Kerry Washington wows audience on Saturday Night Live, then hypes crowds the next day in rally for Virginia governor's race.

By Brentin Mock Nov 04, 2013

Wait, Olivia Pope is stumping for Fitz again? No, that’s actress Kerry Washington rallying for former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe, who is currently leading Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the state’s governor’s race, which will be decided tomorrow (assuming there are no scandalous voting shenanigans that prolong the results). Washington, fresh off a hilarious hosting stint on Saturday Night Live, showed up in northern Virginia the following day for the rally, an event that also featured President Barack Obama, representing for the Democratic Party in the high-stakes battle. Even though McAuliffe is leading his Republican opponent in just about every poll, the Democrats aren’t taking any chances, which is why they brought out the big guns like The President and The Fixer herself, Washington, who apparently polls well with women. 

"You deserve a governor who trusts women to make our own health decisions!" said Washington at the rally, a dig at Cuccinelli given his policies on limiting women’s choices and access to abortion. Watch her speech below:

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