Joe Biden to campaign for Northam in Northern Virginia; Pence to appear with Gillespie

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he speaks to guests after a tour of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Tracey Nearmy/Pool Photo via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit Northern Virginia this weekend to campaign with Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam.

Northam's campaign announced Tuesday that Biden and Northam will host a roundtable discussion on workforce development Saturday in Reston.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to appear the same day with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. The two are set to attend a rally in Abingdon, in southwest Virginia.

The race between Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state's lieutenant governor, and Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November. It's being viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office and as a preview of the 2018 midterm elections.

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