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First Click -- Virginia

First Click

Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
Good Morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.

Eight days and counting until Election Day. The big event of the week is tomorrow's rally by President Obama in Norfolk for Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds. It comes just a few days after some of the president's senior aides were quoted anonymously saying they see virtually no chance for a Deeds victory against Republican Bob McDonnell and preparing to blame Deeds--and not their boss--for the loss. Awkward alert!

But Deeds supporters are working hard to prove those unnamed Cassandras wrong--including working to pump up Obama supporters over the weekend. McDonnell brings in a celeb of his own today, holding a rally in Richmond with former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz. Deeds today campaigns at two retirement communities in Fairfax with U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly.

Campaign finance reports are due today covering the first 22 days of October. They're the last before the election but we're now in the zone where campaigns must also report all donations of $5,000 or more within 24 hours. So far, those daily reports have shown a big advantage in last minute contributions for McDonnell. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, McDonnell took in $80,000 in big dollar donations on Sunday alone. And how much did Deeds get? $0.

There will be a lot of attention this year on black voters, given the high African-American turnout last year. Both candidates have worked to woo the community; Deeds did a marathon sprint through 11 black churches Sunday.

Endorsements from some of the state's leading papers arrived over the weekend--the Richmond Times Dispatch went for McDonnell, the Virginian-Pilot for Deeds.

The big day is next week, but actually, Virginians have been voting absentee since mid-September. But the Washington Times reported over the weekend that 16 local election boards did not make absentee ballots available 45 days before the election, as required by a new state law. The state board is investigating.

Meanwhile, scrutiny over lawmakers who hold state jobs. The Pilot reports that eight state legislators are employed by public colleges and universities, relationships state ethics laws don't require disclosing.

Also interesting, a report from Politico over the weekend about how the Democratic National Committee under Gov. Tim Kaine is being remade in the image of President Obama's campaign.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 26, 2009; 12:07 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I'm sure the Unions and Lawyers will top the list once again for Deeds. Its amazing how many millions these radicals give to the DEM cause. McDonnell has received more small individual donations than Deeds by a long shot. You cant say McDonnell is holding to big business. Deeds is this years Money man.

Posted by: espnfan | October 26, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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