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Appearing later on MSNBC, Rep. James P. Moran Jr., Virginia Democrat, insisted that Obamacare is a winning issue and that Republicans like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who say Virginia will send a message to the country on the issue, are correct in a sense.

Terry brought President Obama in Sunday, so he’s not running away from the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Moran said. “I agree with Marco Rubio — Virginia will send a very clear message to the country — but I think it’s a different message than he anticipates.”

Robert Sarvis, a third-party candidate, is running as a Libertarian. He’s been hovering at around 10 percent in recent public polls.

Though the calm scene Tuesday at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington was a stark difference from the chaos of last year’s presidential election, poll officials said the turn out was steady.

“We have a very active, very eclectic neighborhood with some of the oldest voters,” said Linda Delap, chief polling officer at the center. “There are so many issues in South Arlington. People are very concerned about what goes on.”

In fact, the handful of signs sitting the lawn outside the center focused on local issues and races, with only one or two signs for the governor’s race.

By 11:15 am the center had 641 voters out of the roughly 3,000 registered for that location.

Ms. Delap predicted 65 percent would show up, compared to the more than 90 percent for last year’s vote.
“People concerned will vote,” she said.

Daniel Ewell said he didn’t have a particular issue he was interested in, but was galvanized by his displeasure at the government shutdown to participate more in politics.

“I want to get engaged,” the 49-year-old said. “I want to make sure my voice is heard. The shutdown kind of got me boiled over and I figured I had to get more involved.”