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Republicans Gather In Richmond

Anita Kumar

More than 10,000 party activists from around Virginia are traveling to Richmond for a two-day state convention that kicks off this afternoon at the Coliseum.

Mitt Romney, who's considering another run for president in 2012, will be the headliner at the sold-out Commonwealth Gala -- one of the party's biggest fundraisers.

Last year, then-Vice President Dick Cheney spokes to a few hundred attendees. This year, the former Massachusetts governor has attracted a crowd of 1,300. So many people wanted to attend the dinner that they are moving the media into the hall and setting up large-screen TVs.

Tomorrow is the big day for the convention. And if you can't make it to Richmond for the festivities you can always check them out online. (The Virginia Politics blog will have updates on Saturday as well.)

First, Bob McDonnell will officially accept the nomination for governor. His speech will start around 10:45 after 30 minutes of laudatory speeches and videos.

Attendees will hear from talk show host Sean Hannity and the seven people running for office will give speeches:

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will faces Alexandria lawyer Patrick Muldoon. Former federal prosecutor John Brownlee, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax and David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, are running for attorney general. Pat Mullins, interim chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, will face Bill Stanley, Franklin County GOP chairman.

Then the elections begin. All races are on the same ballot so we won't know the results of any of the races until they are done with the convention mid to late afternoon. But we will keep you updated as we get information tonight and tomorrow.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 29, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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