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Deeds makes rounds in Northern Virginia

A day after Tuesday's much-anticipated campaign rally with President Obama, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds visited two Northern Virginia schools in his final-week push to bring out the young, enthusiastic voters who gave the president an Election Day surge one year ago.

Deeds (D-Bath) spent Wednesday afternoon speaking to students at Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun County campus in Sterling, touting his higher education proposals and college scholarship program. He also stopped by South Lakes High School in Reston, where he spoke with members of the Young Democrats club before canvassing a nearby neighborhood.

"We have six days. We will win this race but we have a lot of work to do," Deeds told the South Lakes crowd.

But facing grim poll numbers and lingering questions from within his own party about his campaign, the path to victory does not seem easy. A recent Washington Post poll (poll data) showed Deeds' Republican opponent, Robert F. McDonnell, with an 11-point lead.

"If you look at the poll numbers, you could be discouraged," Deeds said Wednesday. "But the only poll numbers that matters is the ones that come next Tuesday."

Deeds called his rally with Obama on Tuesday a "heady moment" and vowed to energize the electorate. After the South Lakes event, Deeds said turnout among Obama's most loyal supporters will be crucial to his showing on Tuesday. When asked about if another Obama visit would have helped his fledgling campaign, he said, "We did the best we could."

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 28, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
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