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Kaine Hopes to Boost Obama in Virginia

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will spend the weekend stumping for Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, across Virginia.

Kaine, a potential vice-presidential candidate, is scheduled to attend four town hall meetings in support of Obama on Saturday in Washington's fast-growing outer suburbs. Kaine will also go door-to-door in Richmond on Sunday to try to identify Democratic-leaning voters.

It will be Kaine's first big push on behalf of Obama in Virginia since the Feb. 12 primary.

According to recent polls, Obama narrowly trails Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, in the state but Kaine expects a close race come the fall.

But it's unclear whether Kaine, whose approval rating fluctuates depending on the poll, can help Obama carry a state that President Bush won by 8 percentage points in 2004.

By Tim Craig  |  August 14, 2008; 1:59 PM ET
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