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Updated: RNC Pledges $7 Million to McDonnell, Va. GOP

Anita Kumar

The Republican National Committee pledged Tuesday that it will pour a whopping $7 million into the Virginia governor's race this year.

The number will include money that will go directly to gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and some that will go to the Virginia Victory committee, a joint effort between the state and national party, for organization and coordination efforts.

The RNC transferred $400,000 to McDonnell on Tuesday. It has already given $2 million to him this year.

"Bob McDonnell is a proven leader in the state of Virginia and the RNC is fully committed to ensuring that the campaign has the resources necessary to elect Bob McDonnell the next governor of Virginia," said Katie Wright, a spokeswoman for the RNC.

The RNC is certainly trying to outdo its Democratic counterpart. The DNC, chaired by Gov. Tim Kaine, announced a couple of weeks ago that it will spend $5 million to support Creigh Deeds.

Updated: Deeds campaign responded. "Bob's had a couple of rough weeks,'' said Jared Leopold, Deeds spokesman. "He's got his back up against a wall dealing with questions about his thesis and record, and he was outraised pretty significantly this quarter. So while we always knew that the RNC would be helpful to him, right now it's looking like a pretty big bailout."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 15, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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Would the WP please do an article on McD's work history. Unless I'm mistaken, being in the Army reserve, being a medical supply salesman and a courthouse lawyer doesn't provide much experience to be the leader and manager of a state as large as Virginia. Particularly of interest is whether McD has ever created any jobs and if not, if he is elected, will this be an "earn while you learn" experience for Virginia. We can not afford this in such a perilous economic time.

Posted by: Willis3 | September 15, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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