NATION : Turnout Heavy in Virginia Vote

From Times Wire Services

Turnout was heavy today as L. Douglas Wilder's bid to become the nation's first elected black governor went to the voters after a race in which abortion and negative campaigning emerged as major issues.

"We're on roller skates," said Alice Lynch, registrar in Richmond, describing the activity in her office. "I think it's going to be a record in Richmond anyway."

Wilder, the state's Democratic lieutenant governor, and J. Marshall Coleman, the Republican candidate, flew across the state Monday to warn supporters against complacency and too much reliance on polls showing Wilder ahead.

"We're absolutely on the eve of a great victory," Coleman told about two dozen volunteers at Richmond's airport.

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