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McDonnell-Deeds: The Week Ahead

This week in the governor's race will see its first official action in a while, although Virginians will have to wait until Saturday to get it.

At 11 a.m., Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell will meet at The Homestead resort in Hot Springs for their first debate -- though the first of how many remains undetermined, with McDonnell asking Deeds to participate in 10 and Deeds leaning toward as few as three, a number typical of past races.

The event is hosted by the Virginia Bar Association, which traditionally gets the first debate in major statewide races, holding them at the Homestead or the Greenbrier resorts.

The debate will be streamed live online, and we'll have live coverage here on washingtonpost.com as well.

Aside from that the candidates have, as with recent weeks, announced few public events.

Deeds will present his plan for the economy, which he hadn't tackled head-on in his primary campaign, at 11:20 a.m. this morning. McDonnell has scheduled a number of press conferences for the week, including one at 3 p.m. today to announce what the campaign terms "an important endorsement." (What does "major endorsement" mean to the McDonnell campaign? A recent example was a collection of former Mark Warner supporters). Any thoughts on who it is? Post your ideas in the comments.

McDonnell also will tour the MeadWestvaco paper mill in Covington on Friday, and will make an appearance at the Amelia Beef Festival on Sunday.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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