First Click -- Virginia
Monday, Oct. 19, 2009
Good morning, politicos! Just 15 days to go, and boy has it gotten busy. Republican Robert F. McDonnell and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds have transformed the race for governor into a sprint, with both zooming through mostly friendly crowds over the weekend to rev up their bases.
On Saturday, McDonnell rallied veterans in Virginia Beach with U.S. Sen. John McCain -- but coverage of the event didn't turn out exactly as planned when McDonnell was asked for his views on climate change. McDonnell went on to attend a Norfolk State-Hampton University football game in Norfolk, a seafood festival in heavily Republican Poquoson, a voter event in Glen Allen with House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor and a Hispanic reception at a Mexican restaurant in Richmond.
Deeds flooded the zone too, rallying across Northern Virginia Saturday with various ethnic groups seen as crucial to Democratic turnout: Latinos in Baileys Crossroads, Vietnamese at the Eden Center in Falls Church, Ethiopians and more. On Sunday, Deeds hit five black churches in the Richmond area (and if you think that's a lot, wait until next week, when he's planning to visit 15 in one day in Hampton Roads). Terry McAuliffe rallied canvassers at his McLean home Sunday after going at it with Karl Rove on Fox News Sunday (and betting Rove $5 that Deeds will win).
Neither candidate has public events today, with both preparing for Tuesday's televised debate in Roanoke.
The endorsements started flowing over the weekend, with Deeds sure to take advantage of The Washington Post's nod but McDonnell racking up a higher number of endorsements at smaller newspapers across the state.
The down-ballot races made a few headlines. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Democratic challenger Jody Wagner each accused the other of falling down on their job duties as state officials. In the attorney general's race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is surprising (and alarming) Democrats, including opponent Steve Shannon, for performing so well despite his very conservative record.
And in the national media, The Nation concludes: Better a dissappointing Democrat than a theocrat. Newsweek describes Deeds as a "dyed-in-the-wool" southern Democrat and the election as a referendum on President Obama.
October 19, 2009; 7:56 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Eric Cantor , First Click , Jody Wagner , John McCain , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon
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