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Virginia Politics Blog: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Deeds Fights Back

Here's how we can tell we're in the midst of the final days of a hard-fought race: The attacks are coming fast and furious. It's hard to even keep up. Each of the three Democrats running for governor -- Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran -- are accusing each other of unfair attacks daily. Forget daily. Try every few hours. Most of the attacks have been aimed at Deeds, who recent polls show surging ahead of his rivals, and his lengthy record of support for gun rights. McAuliffe sent out a mailer that poses the question: "Which of the Democratic candidates supports concealed weapons in bars?" And Moran has been hammering Deeds in his own campaign mailer as well as in radio interviews. Now, Deeds is fighting back....

By Anita Kumar  | June 6, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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What's a Good Democrat To Do?

The offerings - make that demands - on the last weekend day before Tuesday's vote are bountiful. President Obama would like to request your presence at one of Sunday's meetings to kickoff a push for health care reform. Organizing for America, the volunteer group that stemmed from the president's campaign, is calling for gatherings across the country. But wait. Three smiling but increasingly frenzied would-be governors could also really use a final boost from energetic phone bankers and door knockers. And show up at the offices of one of the unheralded down-ballot candidates (Your future lieutenant governor wants YOU!) and you might make a friend for life. Strategists in Virginia are trying to gauge the ratio of fatigue to continued excitement among Democrats after Obama's success in November. Turnout will drive the outcome in Tuesday's primary--and the race against Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall. In liberal power centers in...

By Michael Laris  | June 6, 2009; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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Clinton Lends A Hand Once More

Bill Clinton, who has helped out his pal Terry McAuliffe throughout his race for governor, is at it again. In the final frenzied days of campaigning before Tuesday's primary, the former president has recorded a phone call for McAuliffe asking Virginians to get out and vote. "As your governor, Terry McAuliffe will fight harder than anyone to improve the economy and create jobs,'' Clinton says. Listen to the call here (MP3). Clinton is making at least one more appearance in Virginia today to help out McAuliffe. He will be at McAuliffe's McLean home for a barbecue....

By Anita Kumar  | June 6, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Pricey Showdown Over Fairfax House Seat

A mad fundraising dash in Fairfax is set to test the political axiom Tuesday that the candidate with the most money usually wins. Mark Keam, a former top aide to Illinois Senator Richard Durbin (D), and Esam Omeish, chief of surgery at Inova Alexandria Hospital, have been on money raising tear. Vienna attorney Roy Baldwin has also put in a strong showing, while former Fairfax prosecutor John Carroll has lagged in the money race. The four are vying for the Democratic nomination in Fairfax's 35th House of Delegates district, which includes Tysons Corner and Oakton. In the most recent reporting period, Keam and Omeish were two of the top-ten fundraisers in House races across the Commonwealth, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. Between April 1 and May 27, Omeish raised $75,800 and Keam took in $61,800. Omeish had $33,500 on hand...

By Michael Laris  | June 6, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2009, General Assembly 2009  
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Last Minute Donations Pour In

So this might help explain the number of Creigh Deeds ads those of us who live in the expensive Washington media market have been seeing in the last day or so. Deeds' campaign has taken in more than $276,000 in new donations since May 27, the cut-off deadline for inclusion in his last big June 1 fundraising report, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. That figure is dwarfed by the more than $500,000 Terry McAuliffe has raised in the same time period -- we've been seeing his ads too -- but we always knew McAuliffe would bring in more money than both his rivals. Deeds success here at the end -- he reported bringing in almost $115,000 of that figure on June 3 and 4 alone -- has buoyed the signs of life his campaign has been showing in its final days....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 6, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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What Do Huckabee and Schweitzer Have in Common?

A couple months ago, Terry McAuliffe blasted Bob McDonnell for keeping quiet while his surrogate Mike Huckabee encouraged Virginia Republicans to keep voters from the polls on Election Day. Well, today, McAuliffe's surrogate, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer sounded like he was trying to suppress a few votes himself when he said -- jokingly? -- that supporters of McAuliffe rivals, Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, should show up at the polls on Thursday, instead of Tuesday. "The other two guys are good guys," Schweitzer said at an Arlington stop with McAuliffe this morning. "They're in the legislature. No one's campaigning against anyone. And if you decide you're going to vote for one of the other guys, show up on Thursday." No, it wasn't a slip of the tongue....

By Anita Kumar  | June 5, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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McAuliffe Picks Up Congressman's Support

So it looks like, at long last and after weeks of close ties and kind words, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott has essentially endorsed Terry McAuliffe. We haven't yet heard him use the "e" word, but a McAuliffe mailer that hit yesterday features a photo of the two of them and quotes praising McAuliffe as representing "hope for Virginia." McAuliffe is far too careful a politician to send out a mailer like that without Scott's approval. Scott's nod could be a key bit of support in his Hampton Roads district, helping to bring out black voters who could be critical to a possible McAuliffe victory. McAuliffe has also received the endorsements of the state's black newspapers. You can read the mailer here....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 5, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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The Repsonse to Schweitzer

As we all now know gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe was endorsed this morning by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who also happens to be chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. So what's been the response from his rivals? Democrat Creigh Deeds tweeted about it this morning: "well I guess terry has a leg up in the montana precincts." Brian Moran's campaign manager Andrew Roos said: "The guy who was rumored to be running for governor of New York, and wanted to be governor of Florida is having the governor of Montana tell us why he should be governor of Virginia?''...

By Anita Kumar  | June 5, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Schweitzer, Rendell and the Endorsement Hierarchy

Cross-posted from The Fix: Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe will receive two prominent endorsements of his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy today from Democratic Governors Association Chairman Brian Schweitzer (Mont.) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Schweitzer will travel the state with McAuliffe while Rendell, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will cut a video in support of the former DNC Chair. The decision by two out-of-state elected officials to wade into a contested three-way primary -- state Sen. Creigh Deeds and former state Del. Brian Moran are also running -- just days before the June 9 votes begs one basic question: Will either endorsement have any impact on the outcome on Tuesday?...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 5, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran Mailer Targets Deeds

We're not sure what to make of the recent polls that seem to show some kind of movement by Creigh Deeds in the governor's race. As our polling director Jon Cohen has explained, we think some of them are unreliable. And we think polling is exceptionally difficult in a three-way primary in which turnout is expected to be low. But, for what it's worth, we can add this bit of evidence to a growing picture of possible momentum: The other campaigns seems to be a bit anxious of the guy from Bath. After weeks of taking on Terry McAuliffe in mailings, radio and tv ads, trying to suggest his record as a businessman is not what he has claimed, Brian Moran has a new target in a flier hitting mailboxes today: Deeds....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 4, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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Democratic Governors Association Head Picks McAuliffe

Post political blogger Chris Cillizza, aka The Fix, reports a big endorsement for Terry McAuliffe today: "Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will endorse former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's (Va.) gubernatorial primary bid tomorrow in northern Virginia, according to sources familiar with the move. "Schweitzer will throw his support to McAulliffe tomorrow morning in Arlington and then the two will travel together to events in Richmond and Charlottesville. The endorsement comes just three days before Virginia Democrats head to the polls to choose between McAuliffe, state Sen. Creigh Deeds and former state Del. Brian Moran as their party's nominee for governor. Former state attorney general Bob McDonnell is the GOP nominee. "Schweitzer's endorsement is in his capacity as governor of Montana not as chairman of the DGA, according to knowledgeable sources, but the practical effect is the same. "Neither Schweitzer nor the McAuliffe...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 4, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Terry McAuliffe  
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Wilder Endorses...

Former governor L. Douglas Wilder finally endorses in Tuesday's Democratic primary. No, not for governor. Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, endorsed Fairfax County Del. Bob Hull, who is in a surprisingly tough Democratic primary race against Fairfax School Board memeber Kaye Kory. He recorded robocalls for the man he calls his friend. Wilder was governor when Hull was first elected to the General Assembly in 1992. "You could have no better person representing your interests in Richmond than Bob Hull," Wilder says in the call....

By Anita Kumar  | June 4, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2009  
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Updated: Moran Scores an Unusual Endorsement

The folks at OpenCarry.org, a gun rights group, have done something we never would have expected: They endorsed Brian Moran in the Democratic primary for governor. Moran, a former delegate from Alexandria who has a lengthy record of gun control votes, had no idea he was getting the endorsement -- or even why. As you might imagine, an endorsement from a gun rights group is not exactly what a candidate is looking for in a Democratic primary -- especially one who is trying to appeal to the most liberal voters. So why did OpenCarry.org pick Moran, especially over state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who is well known for his gun rights votes and his NRA endorsement in 2005? The group's Mike Stollenwerk says they don't trust Deeds anymore because he has changed his views on gun issues over the last couple years....

By Anita Kumar  | June 4, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Suffolk University Poll: Most Voters Still Uncertain

UPDATE: Another poll out today, this one from Research 2000 for the liberal blog Daily Kos, also finds the race near even with a large number of undecideds -- Deeds at 30 percent, Moran at 27 and McAuliffe at 26 with 17 percent undecided -- but adds one thing the Suffolk poll does not have: trend. In late May, the same poll found a vastly different race, with McAuliffe at 36 percent, Moran at 22 and Deeds lagging behind at 13 percent, suggesting the tides are moving in Deeds's direction across the state (he's climbed 16 points in Northern Virginia, 18 points in the rest of the state) as Election Day closes in. Original Post: With Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary just a few days away, a new poll from Suffolk University confirms one thing we know for sure about this race: there are a lot of undecided voters. The new...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 4, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Polls, Terry McAuliffe  
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Another Big Name in the 47th House District

The endorsements in Arlington's 47th House District, where five men are vying in Tuesday's Democratic primary to replace Del. Al Eisenberg, keep rollin' in. Today, retired U.S. Army general Wesley Clark endorsed Adam Parkhomenko. We're not sure how Clark, a presidential contender in 2004, feels about widening Interstate 66, preserving affordable housing along Route 50 or fostering transit-oriented development around North Arlington's Orange Line Metro stations. But we do know that Parkhomenko, a 23-year-old former campaign staffer last year to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has put his national political connections to work. Parkhomenko also nabbed the endorsement of former president Bill Clinton, who has placed robocalls into the district on Parkhomenko's behalf....

By Amy Gardner  | June 4, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Amy Gardner, Election 2009, General Assembly 2009  
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Live Blog: WJLA/Politico Special

Good evening! We're sitting down to watch tonight's WJLA/Politico news special on the governor's race. We're betting many of our readers are doing the same. So join us as we share thoughts and observations live during the special. This is not airing live and it's not a debate, so there's unlikely to be a lot of unpredictable going on and there will be no back and forth between the candidates. Still, this is an uninterrupted hour on prime time television. So it's certainly worth a watch. We'll get going momentarily....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 3, 2009; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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Mr. Kaine Goes to Washington

Gov. Tim Kaine talked high-speed rail today with Mr. Amtrak himself, Vice President Joe Biden. Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was one of a handful of governors at the White House today to chat with Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The roundtable was billed as a unique opportunity for state leaders to share their ideas with the Obama administration about the future of high-speed trains in America. "Everyone knows I'm a big believer in our nation's rail system -- I've devoted a big part of my career doing what I can to support it -- and I'm proud that this administration is about to transform that system fundamentally," Biden said in a statement....

By Anita Kumar  | June 3, 2009; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McAuliffe Consoles, Campaigns at GM Plant

From the annals of smart campaigning... Terry McAuliffe made a stop this afternoon at the GM plant in Fredericksburg that the company announced Monday it is shuttering as part of its bankruptcy filing. Not a bad move for the candidate who has made job creation the centerpiece of his run for the governor's mansion. McAuliffe took a tour of the plant, which is scheduled to close in 2010, as a guest of local UAW leaders and Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Henry "Hap" Connors Jr, whose endorsed his campaign....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 3, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds Airs Ads in NoVa

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds will begin airing ads tonight on broadcast and cable TV in the pricey Northern Virginia market, and will continue them through the Tuesday primary. The 30-second ad, Tradition, touts Deeds' recent endorsement from the Washington Post and claims that he is the "most prepared Democrat to build on the Warner-Kaine legacy." Deeds' latest TV buy means the state senator from Bath County will be on TV in every media market in the state in the five days leading to the primary. Rival Terry McAuliffe began airing ads in Northern Virginia this week....

By Anita Kumar  | June 3, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds' Momentum?

Is Deeds surging? Six days before the Democratic primary for governor, that's certainly what state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds wants us to think. His campaign has been quietly -- and not so quietly -- letting everyone who will listen know he is moving ahead in recent polls and could go down as one of the greatest come-from-behind success stories in recent state history. (Okay, well since Jim Webb, anyway). "This huge surge for Creigh happened because of you,'' Deeds' campaign manager Joe Abbey wrote in a letter to supporters this week. "Now that we are in the lead, we can expect our opponents to come out swinging."...

By Anita Kumar  | June 3, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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GOP Ballot Breakdown

Three days after the state Republican convention, we finally have gotten our hands on the vote totals of the more than 10,000 delegates Saturday. In the closest race, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax garnered 57 percent of the vote to become his party's nominee for attorney general. He defeated former federal prosecutor John Brownlee, who received 37 percent, and David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, who received six percent. Cuccinelli, who will face Del. Stephen C. Shannon (D-Fairfax) in November, won with surprising ease. The hard-fought attorney general contest was widely expected to go to a second, maybe third, ballot but Cuccinelli secured the 50 percent he needed to win on the first try....

By Anita Kumar  | June 2, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Ads for McAuliffe, Moran

Another day, another new ad. Actually today, two new ads. Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran release new TV ads today. McAuliffe's ad uses one of his better lines from the debates (President Kennedy didn't say we're going halfway to the moon - he said we're going all the way!) while Moran takes a swipe at Republican nominee Bob McDonnell....

By Anita Kumar  | June 2, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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Updated: More About Money

We told you yesterday that Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe has raised more cash than his rivals, R. Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, heading into the final week of the primary. Today, we are providing you with some of the interesting tidbits about their donations, according to campaign filings made public last night. Check back often because we will be updating this post as we discover new fun facts. Both Deeds and Moran received money from Dominion Virginia Power's political action committee. Deeds' $5,000 came the day after he criticized McAuliffe about his pledge to refuse campaign contributions from one of the most influential companies in the state. Moran's $10,000 came after he stated in interviews that he had taken less money his opponents....

By Anita Kumar  | June 2, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Terry McAuliffe  
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Warner Steps into 47th House District Race

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) has weighed in on the five-way primary battle to replace Al Eisenberg in Arlington's 47th House District, endorsing Alan Howze, who was Warner's policy director in the governor's office. Already hard to predict by virtue of the size of the field, the race has been complicated by the divided allegiances of big-name Democrats. First, former president Bill Clinton recorded a robo-call for Adam Parkhomenko, the 23-year-old former staffer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Then, after rumblings from irritated Arlington Democrats that Clinton had butted into a local race, Del. Bob Brink and state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple endorsed Patrick Hope, a civic activist and adjunct professor of health at Johns Hopkins University. Arlington board member Chris Zimmerman, meanwhile, supports Andres Tobar, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Education who directs a day-labor center. And a number of Virginia's liberal blogs have thrown their...

By Amy Gardner  | June 2, 2009; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Updated: The Money Game

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe raised $1.8 million in the two-month period ending last week. He has nearly $1.3 million cash on hand as he heads into the last week before next Tuesday's primary. Brian Moran raised $844,000 in the same period and has $700,000 in the bank. Creigh Deeds, raised $676,326 and has $521,135 in the bank.  Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell raised $3.7-million. He goes into the general election with $4.9 millon cash on hand. Today is the deadline for candidates to report to the state how much money they raised in the two-month period ending last week. For Democrats, it will give us a good idea of how much money they have to spend on TV ads and-get-out-the-vote efforts as they head into the final week before next Tuesday's primary. For Republicans, it will tell us how much money they have going into the general election. We...

By Anita Kumar  | June 1, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race, 2009 Governor's Race, 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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The Party of No

For months, Democrats have been painting the GOP as "the party of no." Well, Republicans tried to turn the tables on their Democratic critics today with a whirlwind "Just Say Yes" tour of the state. Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli -- who on Saturday won the GOP nomination for Attorney General -- touched down at Dulles International for a brief rally as part of the tour. In a private hangar at the airport, McDonnell rattled off a litany of policy positions ranging from education to energy, and led supporters in a chorus of, "Just say yes!" "This is the positive, can-do, results-oriented, friendly, enthusiastic, conservative ticket that's going to support right to work and the rule of law, all the way to victory on Nov. 3," said McDonnell. "And we're going to be the party of yes to the reforms that we need." UPDATE: The Democratic Party of...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 1, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race, 2009 Governor's Race, Bill Bolling, Election 2009, Ken Cuccinelli, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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About the Bloggers -- Ben Pershing

Ben Pershing covers the D.C., Maryland and Virginia congressional delegations for The Post, which he joined in January 2008 as a congressional blogger after a decade at the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. He was a reporter there for several years -- covering House and Senate leadership and committees, Congressional campaigns, the Capitol Police department and more -- before eventually becoming Deputy Editor. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a Los Angeles native, he remains loyal to the Dodgers and Lakers but recently went through a messy divorce from the Raiders. He lives in Washington, DC....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | June 1, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Final Countdown Begins

The home stretch, the final spring, the last gasp. Welcome to it folks. We're now eight days from primary Election Day, with Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran making their final arguments that they deserve the Democratic nomination for governor....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | June 1, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran Strong in Fairfax

Former delegate Brian Moran has won the latest gubernatorial straw poll -- that most uncertain of grassroots political gauges that we all spend too much time studying. Just as interesting, perhaps, is the fact that Terry McAuliffe came in third. This time, the straw poll was in Fairfax County, Virginia's largest community and a critical battleground for the primary next Tuesday. (At last, we can start saying next Tuesday!) The setting was the Fairfax County Democratic Committee's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner at the McLean Hilton. Moran won 166 votes compared to 123 for Creigh Deeds and 117 for Terry McAuliffe. The results give Moran, from Alexandria, more bragging rights for a strong position in his homebase of Northern Virginia. They also keep alive talk that Deeds has been surging in recent days, following his endorsement by this newspaper on May 22. Finally, the results fuel recent speculation that McAuliffe's lead is...

By Amy Gardner  | May 31, 2009; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Amy Gardner, Election 2009  
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Kaine Rallies Fla Dems

While Virginia Republicans spent the weekend getting energized for the state's off-year elections this fall, Gov. Tim Kaine flew to Miami Beach to try to set the groundwork for Democratic wins across the nation next year. Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was the keynote speaker at the Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson dinner last night in Florida, where five statewide offices are on the ballot next year. Kaine told the crowd of 1,100 that he was looking forward to helping the Democrats win back the Florida governor's mansion -- which will be vacated by Republican Charlie Crist who plans to run for U.S. Senate -- in one of the nation's battleground states. "I understand your current governor has decided that he's had enough after a couple of years. The economy is tough, and there's tough decisions to be made and he wants to leave those to somebody else. Hey, we're...

By Anita Kumar  | May 31, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2009, Timothy M. Kaine  
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Deeds Picks Up More Newspaper Support

Creigh Deeds was endorsed by the newspapers in Martinsville and Bristol today, a week after our colleagues on the editorial board at the Washington Post did the same. It's not particularly surprising for Deeds to receive backing in the south and southwest parts of the state, where he is expected to do better than his Northern Virginia-based opponents, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. But it is fair to note that, so far, Deeds has picked up support from the only three daily newspapers that have endorsed in the Democratic primary. Several major newspapers in the state, including the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, will not endorse. Newspaper endorsements, especially those in Martinsville and Bristol, are not likely to change a lot of votes. But it helps perpetuate Deeds' message that he has seen momentum in the last few weeks and definitely should not be counted out....

By Anita Kumar  | May 31, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe  
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