First Click - Virginia
Good morning, Virginia, here's what's happening in politics around the state today.
The campaign finance numbers are in, and they're big. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democrat running for governor, raked in a record $3.48 million in July and August, about a half million dollars more than Republican Robert F. McDonnell. But McDonnell, who didn't have a primary challenge, has more money in the bank, $5.8 million, compared with Deeds's nearly $4.4 million.
It's a good news, bad news day for Deeds. According to a recent poll of registered voters, McDonnell's lead has slimmed to five percentage points (the poll was conducted by live interviewers, which is critical to meeting the Post's standards). But the Democrat is facing questions about seemingly contradictory responses he gave two groups about collective bargaining.
Both men are in Richmond today at a forum sponsored by Virginia FREE. Sorry, you weren't invited.
In the attorney general's race, state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) is claiming a record number of individual contributions in the last reporting period, when he raised more than $600,000 from more than 2,000 donors in his race against Democrat Steve Shannon.
A Richmond businessman planning to challenge Rep. Eric Cantor (R) next year says he made an "honest mistake" when he erroneously accused the congressman of Twittering during President Obama's recent address to Congress.
September 16, 2009; 7:17 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2010 , Eric Cantor , First Click , Ken Cuccinelli , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine
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