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Big endorsements arrive on morning stoop

Rosalind Helderman

The remaining big Virginia newspapers made their endorsements this morning in the race for governor. No big surprises in the bunch, as papers' editorials boards largely went with the candidate's from the parties that best represented their well known policy stands.

The Richmond Times Dispatch backed Republican Bob McDonnell, as did the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star.

The Roanoke Times backed Democrat Creigh Deeds. So did the Virginian-Pilot.

That last editorial provided the only moment of intrigue for the moment. For one, choosing Deeds meant going against hometown candidate McDonnell. But, for the other, the endorsement is marked by a lack of enthusiasm for the chosen candidate. The paper's board chose Deeds as the better bet to fix transportation and manage state finances. But they called his campaign "chaotic" and generally slammed sophistication of the arguments advanced by both sides.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 25, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Hey Kaine, get out, and don't let the door hit ya..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 25, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

What a shock, the Times-Dispatch goes for McDonnell. They endorsed Gilmore for U.S. Senate, for crying out loud.
Too bad most of Va. has not gotten to know Sen. Deeds as the gentleman he is. His campaign has done him no favors.

Posted by: 1MadHatter | October 25, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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