Tom Perriello's campaign for Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial nomination might strike some as a fool's errand.
The one-term congressman and former U.S. Special Envoy cannot boast of the same statewide political resume as his opponent, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Nor can Perriello count on the support of many of the state's top Democrats, who lined up behind Northam when it appeared as though he would be unchallenged for the nomination.
But rank-and-file Democrats may not care about such niceties as endorsements and money.
Instead, they just might do what Republicans did in the course of the 2016 presidential race and turn their hopes -- and votes -- to a candidate who is closer to their hearts.
Perriello has already established that his campaign will be addressed to Virginia's version of the "forgotten man."
In his campaign announcement, posted to his Facebook page, Perriello said "too many families are getting left out of [the American] dream today."