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UPDATED: New Wagner ad for NoVa, elsewhere

Rosalind Helderman

Privately, a lot of Democrats are saying they think Jody Wagner's campaign to knock of incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is showing signs of life, even while their hopes dim about a win at the top of the ticket. Given those sentiments, it would not be surprising to see Wagner take in some last minute money that will help her air more ads like this one.

Today's spot, released this morning, hits what has become a central theme in her campaign--that Bolling was a no-show at state boards and commissions on which he sits. Bolling has said Wagner's math is unfair, for instance, not accounting for meetings missed due to presiding over the state senate.

There are three very similar versions--the one for Northern Virginia mentions Wagner's endorsement by the Post editorial board. One in Hampton Roads calls Wagner "Virginia Beach's own" and mentions her endorsement by the Pilot editorial page. A third version, posted below, includes no reference to newspapers and is airing in Richmond, Charlottesville and Roanoke.

UPDATE: A correction. The Hampton Roads version of this ad does NOT say Wagner has been endorsed by the Pilot--which has not yet made an endorsement in the lieutenant governor's race. It merely says that Pilot has said that Wagner has "proven herself." Our apologies.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 26, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Rosalind Helderman  
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I can't stand Bolling, but let's face it. Wagner is DOA. Nobody's heard of her and Bolling is very well known. You can't start your campaign a week before the election and have a snowball's chance to win... Between Deeds letting the DNC hijack his campaign, and the no-show candidates for Lt. Gov and A.G. - the DPV has just fizzled. I predict a GOP sweep of the big three offices - much to my great dismay.

Posted by: mwcob | October 26, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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