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Deeds Sweeps Through the South

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds wrapped up a 16-stop, three-day blitz. He made five stops today in Danville, Martinsville, Bristol and Roanoke and will host a 9 p.m. rally in Charlottesville.

Along the way he collected an endorsement from the head of Martinsville's Democratic Committee. State Sen. Donald McEachin, a member of the legislative black caucus, also announced he is supporting Deeds.

Meanwhile, the campaign was working to drive voters to the polls.

Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey said six offices and some 200 volunteers across the state were making calls and sending people into neighborhoods to knock on doors.

The campaign also was targeting potential voters with robocalls and nearly matching McAuliffe dollar-for-dollar on television ads. Abbey said the campaign was spending about $950,000 compared with McAuliffe's $1 million.

Abbey estimated turnout between 175,000 and 225,000 voters. He also said polls and other indicators suggest that the momentum is with their candidate, a factor he credited to Deeds' focused theme of improving education and solving the state's economic and transportation woes in a fashion in the style of Mark Warner or Tim Kaine.

"I think that's why we're getting the late-breaking undecided voters ," Abbey said.

Fredrick Kunkle

By Anita Kumar  |  June 8, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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