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First Click - Virginia - UPDATED

Sandhya Somashekhar

Good morning Virginia! Twenty-two days before Election Day, but who's counting. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

After a brutal week of discouraging poll numbers and questions about his electability, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds will try to make good on his reputation as a strong finisher and turn the race for governor around in its waning weeks. In the face of criticism over what voters perceive as his negative focus, Deeds launched a positive ad yesterday focused on education. And he will have an important opportunity to make his case to Virginians tonight in Richmond, when he faces off against Republican Robert F. McDonnell in the men's first prime time televised debate.

McDonnell, whose strong performance in recent polls is giving hope to Republicans that their party is poised for a comeback, had a bit of a dust-up late last week over his decision not to campaign with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R).

The Post ran a long profile of McDonnell Sunday (see last week's on Deeds here), and the AP published profiles of both men late last week as well.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) comes to Northern Virginia to stump for Democratic House candidates across Northern Virginia, including Paul Nichols, who is being challenged by Republican Rich Anderson in a race that is getting increasingly ugly. We'll tell you more about that later.

In non-campaign news, questions have come up about Tommy Norment's (R) dual roles as a state senator and part-time instructor at the College of William and Mary.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 12, 2009; 7:21 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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What comments do the Washington Post staff writers have for the results of the recent poll? In the poll, Virginians ranked issues according to their importance. The issues getting the lowest ratings were the ones the Post has been reporting about the most.

Certainly, the Post staff should be deeply ashamed that they have completely lost touch with their readership. Instead of focusing on trivial matters- who's on first, what's on second, I don't know is on third, why the heck aren't you people reporting in depth on education, jobs, taxes and the environment (apparently, the issues about our clean air and clean water didn't qualify for your poll)? These are the topics people care about.

Instead, all we get from you is limp, boring coverage about the horse race. It's great if you're a Las Vegas odds maker. It stinks if you live here and care about living here. This isn't a sports story, people's lives are impacted by the outcome of this election (not a race, an election.)

Posted by: thuff7 | October 12, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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