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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 06/ 1/2009

Final Countdown Begins

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

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.

For Deeds, over the last few days, that has meant a new and possibly surprising push into Northern Virginia, where he is trying to convince voters he is a viable option despite a career spent casting himself as a conservative Democrat and a voting record to match. (Check out this television ad from Deeds' run for attorney general, in which he is praised for his "conservative values.")

Still, after capturing the Post's endorsement a couple weeks back, with editors contending he was best positioned to make progress on the all-important issue of transportation, Deeds has been all over our region. He spent the weekend in Northern Virginia, including attending church in Alexandria yesterday morning. And his campaign claimed last night's second place finish at the Fairfax JJ Dinner's straw poll as a sign of building momentum.

Terry McAuliffe, meanwhile, keeps pushing on his core campaign theme--jobs, jobs, jobs--meeting this morning with small business owners in Alexandria. McAuliffe has also been revving up his impressive get-out-the-vote organization in Hampton Roads, a home base for none of the three candidates that could prove critical in the June 9 election. He spent all day on Saturday launching door-knocking events in the Hampton Roads area and he's back tonight to take part in phone banking. Yesterday McAuliffe became the first of the three Democrats to begin television advertising in the expensive Northern Virginia market.

Brian Moran couldn't have asked for a better-timed local zoning vote than tonight's meeting of the Dendron Town Council to considering a zoning chance that will allow a proposed coal-fired power plant in Surry to move forward. Moran has made his opposition to the plant a key part of his campaign, casting himself as the greenest candidate in the race. (Deeds and McAuliffe have both expressed concerns about the plant but said that its construction is far in the future and they would like to hear more about what is planned for the site before deciding whether to oppose it.) Moran will head up a rally in Surry this afternoon in opposition to the plant. He's scheduled to be in Northern Virginia on Wednesday.

And, not to be outdone, Republican Bob McDonnell is kicking off his campaign in earnest today, taking part in a six-stop fly-around the state with GOP lieutenant governor candidate Bill Bolling and attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Stay with us all week for the latest in campaign coverage as the days tick down.

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

nice to see Deeds in NoVA but it's likely too little too late... I was told by his campaign that they weren't going to spend a dime in inner NoVA, that it "wasn't worth the effort".

Posted by: ChrisD4 | June 1, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post focuses on Deeds emphasis on transportation. Deeds has not come up with anything except support for the concept of improved transportation. Much of Virginia outside of Northern Virginia is in a deep and possible long recession. You don't raise taxes in a recession. How does Deeds plan to pay for his transportation emphasis? No stategy, no implementation details, no idea where to fine the money.

Moran votes for the Wise coal plant which is a Dominion Power plant. He is opposed to the Surry coal plant which is not a Dominion Power effort. Moran takes money from Dominion Power and votes for the Wise project. Has he received money from the cooperative building the Surry plant?

Moran opposes the Surry plant in his Northern Virginia campaigning. In his campaigning in southern Virginia he calls Virginia the "Saudi Arabia of coal" and votes for the Wise power plant. Which Brian Moran do you believe? Which Brian Moran do you trust?

McAuliffe's continuing emphasis is "job, job, jobs". McAuliffe qualifies this. Good jobs with good benefits and a good wage and you don't raise taxes in a recession. You grow your way out of a recession by creating jobs and bringing jobs to Virginia.

A realistic plan with details and the proper emphasis. A Business Plan for Virginia with an implementation strategy. Vote for Terry McAuliffe. He's a proven leader and businessman and will win the general election because Virginia needs Terry McAuliffe. He is the man for these times.


Posted by: Willis3 | June 1, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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