The acrimonious campaign for Virginia governor is coming to an end, capping a race driven by negative ads, unrelenting accusations of dodgy behavior and a deep rancor between rivals Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, plans to vote before dawn Tuesday and then visit campaign offices and polling sites to help sustain his lead in the polling. His Republican competitor, meanwhile, scheduled his own campaign visits between Washington and Richmond as he held out hope his conservative supporters would fuel a come-from-behind win.

A third candidate, libertarian Robert Sarvis, also is on the ballot.

Turnout was expected to be low. The campaign's negative tilt turned many voters off and strategists in both parties predict the outcome could be decided by a few thousand votes.