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UPDATED: McCain Will Campaign for McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, said today that former presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, will travel to Virginia to campaign for him next month.

McCain and McDonnell will appear together at the McLean home of R. Carter Pate, McCain's Virginia finance chairman on March 25.

McDonnell also said he expects to travel across the nation, including Texas, Chicago, Palm Beach and New York, for fundraisers.

"I have been fortunate to get some pretty broad support from some major political leaders,'' he said.

Mike Huckabee, the guitar-playing Baptist preacher and former Arkansas governor, will appear with McDonnell in the spring. Govs. Sarah Palin (Alaka), Rick Perry (Tex.), Charlie Crist (Fla.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.) are all expected to host fundraisers for McDonnell, GOP sources said.

Fomer Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani already held fundraisers for McDonnell.

McDonnell said today he will resign Feb. 20 and will join a Richmond law firm but declined to say which one. He said he will announce that later this month.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 3, 2009; 10:27 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Where are all the Moran and Deeds supporters who claim that we Democrats should be raising money only in Virginia for our gubernatorial candidates? This piece proves that Republicans will be focused on this state nationally. We may need a candidate who can fight the level of Republican fundraising nationally - and it isn't Moran or Deeds.

Posted by: alexdem24 | February 4, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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