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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Happy Friday Virginia! Here's what's happening around the state in politics.

More evidence today that Republican Robert F. McDonnell has the advantage with less than three weeks left in the race for governor. As of Oct. 1, McDonnell had $4.5 million in the bank, $1.8 million more than his opponent Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, and in September had about 6,400 donors compared with Deeds's 3,800. Lots more information on the recent reports from all the Nov. election candidates -- and on all things campaign finance -- available from our friends at the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.

Deeds comes to Northern Virginia today, where Organizing for America, the Democratic group that grew out of President Obama's historic campaign, launches a major canvassing push this weekend. While there's still no word on a second campaign visit by Obama to the state, Obama's opponent from last fall, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), headlines a veterans rally for McDonnell in Virginia Beach tomorrow.

National political wonks continue to scrutinize the governor's race. Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel plumbs Deeds's relationship with national unions. RealClearPolitics explores the implications of a Republican victory in Virginia and a Democratic victory New Jersey, which it describes as "the Virginia race in reverse."

In downballot news, the Washington Times publishes profiles of the two men running for attorney general, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Steve Shannon.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 16, 2009; 7:31 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , John McCain , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Steve Shannon  
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