Several dozen supporters gathered to listen to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at his newly opened field office in Roanoke on Friday.

The office is at 1917 Franklin Road S.W., behind the Ramada Inn. He was joined by two other Democratic congressional candidates: Jennifer Lewis, an Augusta County mental health worker competing for the seat in the 6th District, and Anthony Flaccavento, an Abingdon farmer fighting for the 9th District seat.

It was Kaine's eighth consecutive day campaigning around the state. He'll face Republican nominee Corey Stewart in November.

Stewart has claimed Southwest Virginia as his base, and Kaine said that's why cities like Roanoke are important to get a larger voter turnout.

"The better we do here, because I don't know if you noticed, but Southwest Virginia is not the bluest part of the state. Am I giving you some news?" Kaine said. "But when you're in parts of the state that are not your bluest parts, I always say, every vote I get in Southwest is two votes. It's one out of the other column and one into mine. A vote in Giles County or a vote in Roanoke County is every bit as important as a vote in Arlington County, and in some ways, it can be more important, but they don't come to you by accident. They come to you if you organize and work."

Kaine and Stewart will debate on July 21 at The Omni Homestead Resort.

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Amy Friedenberger is the politics reporter for The Roanoke Times. She's been a reporter here since 2014. Previously, she worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter at @ajfriedenberger.

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