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Deeds campaign urges Obama backers to send a message

Rosalind Helderman

We've gotten to take a look at the final mailers going out from the Democratic Party and the campaign of Democrat Creigh Deeds, as well as doorhangers that volunteers will be leaving at houses through Election Day. And the message of them is clear: Your president needs you.

There are a bunch of different versions, but what they all have in common are pictures of Deeds and President Obama together, Obama campaign font (if you were awake in America in 2008, you know what we mean), and a strong message that a vote for Deeds is a vote for the same kind of politics Democrats elected last year. This is all in an effort to get voters who backed Obama last year but don't typically vote in off-year elections out for Deeds and the Democratic ticket Tuesday.

Read the least subtle version of this mailer here. It begins, "Time to Fight Back!"

And then goes on:

"When he was elected, they hoped he would fail. When he worked to fix the economy, they stood against him. When he fought for health reform, they stalled. We can send them a message on Nov. 3. Stand with President Obama to elect Creigh Deeds governor."

Other versions are more like this one, which simply say "we have more to do." Or there is this version, presumably designed to be handed out to churchgoers, that ask people to "Pray for our President. Vote to move Virginia forward."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 30, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Comments

These are actually EXCELLENT! I am happy to see them....Deeds's campaign, had they produced this stuff a month ago and been sending it ever since, and if their unbelievably poltically tone-deaf TV people had given us the real story of Creigh Deeds and why he is an utterly more compelling pick for Virginia (ie positive!), he would be winning this race, right now.

Alas, we are probably destined to have Governor Bob McDonnell.

Let's just hope there's enough recognition of Cooch's batt-nuttiness that Shannon pulls out a victory for Atty Gen!

We could have also picked up the House of Delegates, but now we're probably only likely to keep the status quo, plus or minus one or two.

All around, a big dissappointment. Let's hope that the buyers remorse that will absolutely have set in about 6 months into the Governor's term will mean a motivated Democratic base that comes charging back in 2011 and increases majority in the Senate, and finally takes back the House of Delegates from the constipated party.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Deeds spent most of his time running from President Obama. Now that McDonnell has a double digit lead he is looking for a miracle from the President. I read the tea leaves differently and see a Republican sweep on Tuesday with a the House picking up 3 or 4 delegates on the republican side. That is due to lower turn out. It is not that the Republicans have a great plan for the future. They don't. But given two previous Democrats in the Governor's mansion and the same problems of budget cuts, traffic congestion, etc. the people are turned off and don't think Mr. Deeds would be the answer (third time's a charm). The real test of the political landscape is New Jersey and upstate New York with upstate New York key. If the Conservative Party beats the Republican and the Democrat, 2010 is going to be very HARD for Democrats everywhere!

Posted by: DennisSmolak | October 31, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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