Speaking before supporters at the Hard Times Cafe in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Thursday, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis said he is drawing voters from both Democrat McAuliffe and Republican Cuccinelli, as well as voters who usually stay home out of disinterest in both major parties.
Questioned by small "l" libertarian Republicans after the official question period, Sarvis insisted that Cuccinelli cannot win, being 7 points below McAuliffe, but that he, Sarvis, could, given that both Cuccinelli and McAullife are underwater, with higher negatives than positive ratings. Sarvis called on Cuccinelli to drop out and let the Libertarian campaign have his $2 million campaign chest to beat McAullife, who is widely disliked for his corruption, stupidity, and crony corporatism.
Sarvis promised more meet and greets and events in Arlington and northern Virginia (this was his first) in the last 8 weeks of the campaign. Sarvis has run an active campaign, making many stops in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, Tidewater, Virginia Beach and other areas of central and southern Vorginia, and has received a high level of media coverage. Polls have shown him near 10% in the 3 way race. The Libertarian Party of Virginia is running a dozen candidates for Delegate as well, including Laura Delhomme, an Arlington resident who works in IT for a non-profit, who introduced Sarvis at the event.
Sarvis addressed marriage quality and the history of government intervention in marriage in Virginia, including prohibition of interracial marriage. (Sarvis has a Chinese mother and his wife Astrid, a pediatrician, is African American.) Mr. Sarvis has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and economics from Harvard and George Mason Universities, and a law degree from New York University Law School.