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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009

Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell will appear at a candidate's forum sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce this morning. (We will be live blogging so be sure to check back around 8:30 a.m. for a full report).

Deeds will spend the rest of the day meeting residents at Leisure World, a private senior community in Leesburg, talking up higher education plans at Shenandoah University in Winchester and holding a rally at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. McDonnell will attend a veterans event in Arlington with his daughter, Jeanine, who served in Iraq.

Tonight, Deeds and McDonnell will participate in interviews as part of a previously taped hour-long TV special. Tune in to ABC 7/WJLA-TV or Politico's Web site at 7 p.m. to watch.

We're just four weeks from Election Day! And the allegations and accusations are flying.

Yesterday's mini-scandal was over Sheila Johnson's mocking of Deeds's speaking style. The billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television quickly apologized but not before making national headlines.

Later in the day, Democrats seized on a canceled event between Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and current Republican candidate for California governor, and McDonnell but his campaign said it was a miscommunication.

Deeds appeared with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and the Moran brothers. McDonnell touted his small business plan at ... well, where else?... a small business in Charlottesville, toured the Richmond jail and raised some cash at a fundraiser hosted by Dominion head honcho Tom Farrell and Rick Sharp, co-founder of CarMax, at the posh Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

There were a slew of new TV ads yesterday. The Republicans Governors Association aired a new ad about the way Deeds treats women while the National Rifle Association is gearing up to spend half a million dollars on commericials of their own. Deeds aired a new ad about McDonnell's votes against lowering taxes (that includes a funny line from McDonnell about people in rural Virginia shooting their own food) while the Virginia Education Association launched its second ad for Deeds.

McDonnell fired back at a radio spot by Deeds that attacked McDonnell for opposing mandated employer coverage for breast cancer screenings when he was attorney general.

USA Today gives its take on the Virginia governor's race.(Check out the chart.)

Meanwhile, Republicans continued to blast Gov. Tim Kaine for not spending the state's share of federal stimulus money on transportation faster.

And finally, the last of the six statewide candidates -- Jody Wagner -- went up on the air yesterday. Watch her ad here.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Another double digit lead poll - not talked about. The WPO is notourously absent in reproting 3 siccesive poll for McDonnell leading 9, 14, and now 11pts. Seems like good news for VA is bad news for WPO.

Posted by: espnfan | October 6, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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