Despite the fact Virginia's ballot only includes Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for the GOP presidential nomination, state politicians emphasized that Virginia's primary on Tuesday still matters.
"In a primary election when you have two candidates, there is a tendency for people to think their vote doesn't matter," Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said in a press conference in Richmond, Va., on Monday. "It does matter, it's an important primary. We don't want to take anything for granted."
Bolling, who has campaigned extensively for Romney in recent months, was joined by Gov. Bob McDonnell, who endorsed Romney in January, and State Sen. Jeff McWaters, another of Romney's supporters.
"We wish all the candidates were on the ballot, but there is a process to get on the ballot," McDonnell said, underscoring that regardless of the ballot situation Virginia's 49 delegates will be awarded to Paul or Romney.
McDonnell encouraged Virginians to get out and vote Tuesday, preferably for Mitt Romney.
"I'm glad to be here for him," McDonnell said. "Mitt Romney is the best guy to make that change."
But with just hours to go until the polls open, Virginia's primary isn't just about "nominating a candidate," the state GOP bigwigs said. It's about nominating a candidate with the best chance of defeating Barack Obama come November.
"We believe Romney is the most electable candidate," Bolling said. "The journey to winning in November starts tomorrow in Virginia."