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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

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

Big news. The Washington Post released a new poll showing that Republican Bob McDonnell has widened his lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds. The entire GOP ticket is up by a hefty nine points.

The poll shows a lack of enthusiasm among many voters who elected President Obama last year and raises questions for the Democrats as they head into the 2010 mid-term elections. Democrats continue to wonder what Deeds's message will be and what the White House's role will be in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

Deeds will be a guest on Mark Plotkin's radio show on WTOP at 10 a.m. Listen here. Tonight, he'll join fans at the Riverbend High football game in Fredericksburg.

McDonnell will attend the Patrick County Rally with former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode in Stuart and the Greater Richmond Urban League of Young Professionals candidate's forum tonight.

Vice President Joe Biden helped Deeds raise some cash at a mid-day event yesterday in Alexandria. Hours later, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley did the same.

McDonnell was in Northern Virginia again yesterday, discussng plans to aid senior citizens at the Herndon Senior Center.

Deeds unveiled a new TV ad on transportation while the NRA launched its new commercial for McDonnell targeting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the mafia.

Attention is starting to shift to the House of Delegates races.

House Speaker Bill Howell sent a letter to supporters yesterday asking them to vote by absentee ballot through his Website. Gov. Tim Kaine sent out his own letter encouraging supporters to donate to Democrats looking to pick up some seats in the House.

This week, Howell raised some money for his races at the Northern Virginia home of former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis and his wife, former state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis. House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, looking to pick up the six seats he needs for a Democratic majority, held a fundraiser in downtown Chartlottesville with celebrity author John Grisham.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Bill Bolling , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Jody Wagner , Joe Biden , Ken Cuccinelli , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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