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Moran Woos Southwest Virginia

Tim Craig

Former delegate Brian Moran and his wife, Karyn, are on separate campaign swings this week through Southwest Virginia as he tries to reinforce an image that he can compete in every part of the state.

Moran, who lives in Alexandria, plans stops in more than a half-dozen cities and counties between now and Friday. At his first stop today in Pulaski County, Moran was endorsed by Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Fleenor and Sheriff Jim Davis.

"Brian has fought alongside us for over a decade; he's no stranger to Pulaski Democrats," Fleenor said. "He fought alongside Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and is ready to fight for the hard-working men and women of this region in the Governor's office."

At an event tomorrow in Smyth County, Moran will be joined by his wife. On Monday, Karyn Moran kicked off her own six-day tour of Southwest Virginia.

Before Terry McAuliffe entered the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, the campaign was shaping up as a regional rivalry between Moran and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath). But with it now being a three man race, all three candidates will likely have to draw considerable support from all parts of the state if they want to be successful.

Although it is the only part of Virginia where the numbers of registered voters are stagnant compared to past elections, Southwest Virginia still holds tremendous symbolic value to state Democrats. So far, Deeds appears best positioned to perform well in Southwest Virginia. Not only is Deeds from the rural western part of the state, he is being supported by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.).

But Moran and McAuliffe may be able to make substantial inroads. Moran, former chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, has spent years helping local Democrats in that part of the state. And McAuliffe's message about creating more jobs could boost his candidacy in that part of the state.

McAuliffe could also deploy a potent weapon in Southwest Virginia - former President Bill Clinton, who polls very well in that part of the state.

By Tim Craig  |  February 25, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Comments

I would personally like to send Mr. Moran packing on a Rail back to Taxachusettes from whence he came and Mr. McAuliffe packing on a rail to Schenectady, New York, we don't need any carpetbaggers running this state particularly after the last 12 Disastrous years here. Just look at the roads and Traffic, nothings been done! I welcome Mr. Deeds to the race and wish him well.

Posted by: Stevedoro | February 25, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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