First Click - Virginia - UPDATED
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).
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.
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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