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First Click -- Virginia

First Click

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

The polls open in less than 24 hours!

In what has to be one of the last polls before Election Day, Republican Bob McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds, 53 to 41, in a Mason Dixon poll released this weekend.

In the same poll, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is up 13 percentage point over Jody Wagner and Republican Ken Cuccinelli is up 14 percentage points over Steve Shannon in the race for attorney general.

Whoever wins the governor's mansion Tuesday will face continuing budget shortfalls and will have to figure out how to pay for ambitious campaign promises.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has recorded a phone message encouraging Virginians to get out and vote on Tuesday, while Gov. Tim Kaine makes calls for Shannon.

The last newspaper endorsements came out Sunday, and now it's just up to sophisticated get-out-the-vote efforts to get Virginians to the polls.

Deeds spent Sunday with U.S. Jim Webb and U.S. Reps. Glenn Nye and Bobby Scott at half dozen events at restaurants, community centers and campaign offices Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News as part of his "All in for Virginia" tour.

Deeds will spend the last full day on the campaign trail at get out the vote rallies in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond and Market Square in Alexandria. He will be joined by Kaine, Wagner and Shannon.

McDonnell spent Sunday with Bolling and Cuccinelli on the "New Jobs, More Opportunities: It Starts Now!" statewide tour with stops in Chesapeake, Tazewell County, Weyers Cave, Winchester Regional Airport and Leesburg.

McDonnell will spend the last full day of the race stumping at a series of rallies in Alexandria, Prince William County, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Abingdon, Richmond and lastly his old home of Virginia Beach.

The Richmond Times Dispatch asks a series of questions for candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The New York Times published a guest op-ed from author James Colling that starts this way: "I would like to take this opportunity to make a public apology to R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia: Creigh, I'm sorry for not returning your calls."

A lot is riding on Virginia's election for President Obama , Republican National Committe Michael Steele and the 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.

Republicans hope the top of the ticket will have a coattail effect in House of Delegates races. Democrats are fighting back.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , James Webb , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Deeds ran a pathetic campaign...McDonnell ran on the issues of TAXES and Transportation from Day 1. Deeds could only talk about a 25 yr old thesis which voters didnt fall for. McDonnell campaign manager needs to be hired by RNC. Are you hearing this Mr Steele?

Posted by: espnfan | November 2, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Why some Virginia Democrats might stay at home on Tuesday. Not being a Republican is not enough to get some Democratic votes:

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | November 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kurrambero | November 2, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wrong. Two LATER polls have been released.

Survey USA - McDonnell +18

PPP - McDonnell +14

Posted by: JTR555 | November 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a blowout like this in Virginia. This is Ronald Reagan over Walter Mondale stuff. How's that Obamamania workin' out for ya, Cree?

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 2, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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