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First Click -- Virginia

First Click

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

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

This is it! Election Day has finally arrived. Check back frequently for all of our election coverage throughout the day and night.

In the meantime, here's some morning reading to start your day:

Republican Bob McDonnell will vote outside Richmond this morning, before greeting voters at his childhood precinct in Fairfax County and at a Virginia Beach precint he represented in the House of Delegates.

Democrat Creigh Deeds will vote in Bath County this morning before greeting voters in Charlottesville, which he represents in the state Senate.

Both men will spend election night in the capital city. McDonnell will be at the Marriott downtown with Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Deeds will be at the Westin Hotel in Richmond's West End with Gov. Tim Kaine and Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon, candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

McDonnell and Deeds sprinted across the state yesterday, urging Virginians to vote.

McDonnell visited seven regions. He began the day just miles from his childhood home in Fairfax County with a rally in Alexandria and later headlined rallies in Bristow, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Abingdon. He ended the day with rallies in Richmond and Virginia Beach.

Deeds wrapped up his "All in for Virginia" tour with get out the vote rallies in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond and Market Square in Alexandria, where he was joined by Kaine and Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb.

There was a flurry of last-minute activity with former governors Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee making calls to Virginia voters and McDonnell receiving $40,000 from religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and his family.

Meanwhile, the rest of the nation continues to wonder what Democratic losses today in Virginia, New Jersey (for governor) and New York (Congress) could mean. Some say it's a referedum on President Obama's young presidency while others say voters are just plain angry.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 3, 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 , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Deeds' first mistake was running, his second mistake was banking on the Compost to deliver him a victory. Everyone knows the Compost is a shell of its former self, and for all intents and purposes, a joke. Godspeed Governor McDonnell!

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 3, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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