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Experts Weigh in on Keys to November Victory

Rosalind Helderman

The Post's editorial staff surveyed some of the top names in Virginia politics and punditry, asking what it will take for Creigh Deeds or Bob McDonnell to win the governor's mansion in the fall.

The results range the spectrum. Gov. Tim Kaine thinks the election is about continuing the governing approach advanced by he and former Gov. Mark Warner. So does top Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee. But analyst and blogger Bob Holsworth warns Deeds not to tie himself too closely to Warner and Kaine in an uncertain times; voters will want to see Deeds be his own man.

Author Garrett Epps and Republican strategist J. Kenneth Klinge agree the race will likely be won in the suburbs. Republican Del. H. Morgan Griffith says both candidates should master the policy details because voters are itching for substance.

The selections all make for some very interesting reading. They'll be published in tomorrow's paper, but you can get a sneak peak here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 27, 2009; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Frank R. Wolf , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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what a waste...each side just thinks that their own party is going to win...and the college professors here aren't making any predictions so they dont seem biased.

Posted by: joshstlouis | June 29, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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