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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Good morning, Virginia, here's what's happening in state politics today.

Today is the deadline for candidates in November's election to file their summer campaign finance reports, including gubernatorial hopefuls R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R). The reports will provide a valuable glimpse into the kind of support each man is attracting, as did yesterday's announcement that Deeds has been endorsed by the state firefighters and McDonnell got the nod from the NRA, which supported Deeds in their last match-up four years ago. Observers will also be on the lookout for evidence of the national groups that are expected to pour resources into one of the first big races since last year's history-making presidential election.

Both men attend a candidates forum at a Bar Association event in Norfolk today, offering a preview of Thursday's debate in Fairfax.

Sympathy for chickens? Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) decision to close three prisons to balance the state budget is prompting an interesting idea from PETA.

President Obama nominates a Virginia Supreme Court judge from Alexandria for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Eric Cantor and Tom Perriello line up opponents in next year's congressional elections.

Barbara Comstock, Del. Margi Vanderhye's Republican challenger, gets some star-power at a couple of fundraisers over the next week. Meanwhile, is Deeds getting some help from America's most unpopular governor (aside, perhaps, from South Carolina's Mark Sanford)?

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 15, 2009; 6:59 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , First Click , General Assembly 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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