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Get a mop? Va. GOP says get a broom

Rosalind Helderman

Republicans rallying this morning in Springfield had a new prop: A broom that read "McBolliNelli" on the handle.

The Republican ticket is stumping throughout the state Saturday but began with a traditional GOP pep rally at Interstate Van Lines in Springfield. Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell was joined by ticket mates Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, attorney general candidate Sen. Ken Cuccinelli and a variety for Republican luminaries, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

It was Cuccinelli-- introduced to the crowd as Ken "Don't Tread on Me" Cuccinelli -- who held up the broom, which he had been handed as he made his way to the load dock that served as a stage.

He urged the crowd of more than 200 to work hard in the next three days to deliver victory in Fairfax County and beyond.

"If we do it right here in Fairfax, guess what we're going to be saying on election night?" he said, brushing the broom over the floor, as the crowd shouted out "sweep!!"

Waving American and Virginia flags and holding aloft dozens of McDonnell signs, the crowd chanted "Go, Bob, Go!" as McDonnell took the microphone.

"I'm going!" he responded, with a wide smile.

He urged the crowd not to become complacent with what polls show is a wide Republican lead.

"There's still another team on the field -- they're still working hard," he said. "If you do that, and continue to work hard the last couple of days, we'll have a great victory for Virginia and Fairfax County on Nov. 3."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 31, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon  
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