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The Week in Review, the Week Ahead

LAST WEEK the governor's race came to Northern Virginia in a big way. R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R) clashed at their second debate of the general election, sparring on a wide range of issues -- from health care to transportation -- in front of business leaders in Northern Virginia, and leaving the chattering classes with plenty to talk about afterward.

Pundits picked apart the response Deeds delivered when the moderator, David Gregory, asked him, "Are you an Obama Democrat?" Deeds replied that he was "A Creigh Deeds Democrat." Deeds's critics also reveled in the Democrat's misstep on taxes, when he said he would not raise them but immediately added that he would find new funding for transportation. And McDonnell continued to respond to questions about his graduate school thesis and how his views have changed since he wrote that working mothers and feminists were detrimental to the family.

THIS WEEK Deeds picks up some momentum, as recent polls -- including one today by The Washington Post -- show the Democrat gaining on McDonnell, especially among independent women. A small group though it may be, it could prove crucial in what is turning out to be a very close race. That could mean Deeds will continue this week to hammer on the thesis that has become McDonnell's biggest liability in the race.

Deeds begins the week in Richmond, celebrating Eid with members of the Muslim community today and meeting with Asian American supporters at a Vietnamese restaurant. He heads southwest to Bristol and Roanoke at week's end after a swing through Hampton Roads. McDonnell campaigns at the Redskins game today, where his wife, Maureen, will be reliving her days as a Redskins cheerleader as part of the Alumni halftime show. The rest of his week takes him to Richmond and Virginia Beach, among other places.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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