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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening on this rainy fall day in state politics.

Today is the deadline for candidates in November's election to submit their campaign finance reports for September, offering the latest snapshot of the state of the fast-approaching race. Our friends at the Virginia Public Access Project are expected to post the information on their Web site by 6 p.m., and executive director David Poole joined with the Post's Amy Gardner yesterday to answer reader questions about campaign finance.

President Obama came to Virginia yesterday -- but not for Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds, giving fodder to the chattering classes who have been wondering aloud about whether Obama has given up on the Democratic nominee. The questioning intensified yesterday when news broke that Obama has committed to a campaign stop for the other Democrat running for governor this year, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.

Some Democrats unhappy with Deeds's poor showing in the polls right now are trying to blame it on a flawed candidate and not on the party or President Obama. Most cuttingly, a Huffington Post columnist yesterday penned a column titled, "Don't Blame Obama for Creigh Deeds." Virginia Republicans, meanwhile, are so optimistic about gubernatorial hopeful Robert F. McDonnell and the rest of the Republican ticket this year that they are hoping for a sustained revival.

McDonnell today stops by a school supply store in Midlothian to talk about his education plan. Deeds heads to Richmond for a television interview and to Petersburg for a college football game.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 15, 2009; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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