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Steele: McDonnell has 'winning formula'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Robert F. McDonnell developed a "winning formula" during his Virginia gubernatorial campaign, one that will be duplicated by the GOP for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

Steele showed up at the Richmond Marriott about an hour before the festivities were slated to start for the GOP. He said McDonnell was able to "speak clearly" to voters on a number of contentious state issues while applying his "conservative principles to the 21st century."

"There were things that we did here in Virginia, whether it was through technology, whether it was through resource distribution, whether it was through the allocation of manpower," Steele said. "We tried something very different here. We made better use of the Internet. We made better use of the little thing known as the BlackBerry...We hadn't used those tools and those technologies in the past. So that was a very important step for a lot of us to say, 'How can we be the most helpful?' and 'What do we need?'"

So would a McDonnell victory signal a political shift, according to Steele?

"They (the Democrats) were so cocksure they were going to win it all," Steele said. "But a funny thing happened on the way to the election. The voters spoke."

By Derek Kravitz  |  November 3, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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