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First Click -- Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Wed., Sept. 30, 2009
Good morning! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.

Remember soccer moms? And security moms? The Virginia election this year is shaping up to be a battle for working moms--and other women--as Democrat Creigh Deeds senses opportunity and makes an explicit appeal to the group that make up 54 percent of registered voters and Republican Bob McDonnell works to defend ground with the group.

In the category of the not very surprising, Gov. Linwood Holton, Virginia's first Republican chief executive since reconstruction and, oh yes, Gov. Tim Kaine's father-in-law, endorses Deeds. McDonnell joins Republican attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli to talk mental health.

There are two new polls out. Both are the kind about whose methodology we feel iffy. One shows the race tightening, the other shows McDonnell maintaining a wide lead. Bob Holsworth notes the difference in the voter samples of two polls. Meanwhile, here's some interesting additional analysis of regional differences indicated in the Post's most recent poll.

Deeds spends today in Northern Virginia, mostly out of the public eye. But he'll be in Falls Church this evening to open a campaign office. Alongside? Former rival Brian Moran. It's Moran's second foray onto the campaign trail. To make it a trifecta, we'll investigate if Terry McAuliffe once occupied the office space. (Deeds offices in both Alexandria and Tysons Corner belonged, in the springtime, to McAuliffe.)

McDonnell has no public events today.

If it seems like neither candidate is out and about much today, it might be that pesky September fundraising deadline today that tends to keep candidates behind closed doors and on the phone to donors. Dollar totals for the month will be reported publicly Oct. 15.

On WTOP, Kaine says he can think of no reason he would step in and prevent the execution of sniper John Allen Muhammad. He also said that, despite his role as chairman of the national Democratic party, he had no knowledge of White House efforts to encourage New York Gov. David Paterson not to run for a full term.

In Richmond, NBC29 reports that an ethics panel met behind closed doors to discuss Del. Phil Hamilton's role as a paid consultant to an Old Dominion University teaching program for which he secured state funding. The Feds are also looking into the relationship.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 30, 2009; 7:03 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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