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Obama to campaign for Perriello in tight reelection race for Congress

President Obama will campaign for Rep. Tom Perriello on Friday, holding an event in Charlottesville in the final stretch before the midterm elections, administration officials said Tuesday.

Perriello, a freshman Democrat with a reputation as a progressive, is a favorite of the Obama White House. This will be the first time Obama has held a rally for a solo House member, and Democratic officials hope it will boost Perriello's effort to turn out the first-time voters who backed him when Obama was at the top of the ticket in 2008.

Perriello is locked in a tight battle with Republican State Sen. Robert Hurt.

"For the better part of two years, Congressman Perriello has repeatedly sold out his constituents to support Barack Obama's job-killing agenda,'' said Andy Seré, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee. "For Virginians who are struggling just to get by, Obama's appearance will only serve as a bitter reminder that the man they elected to work for them is actually working for the president."

In a statement, Hurt spokesman Amanda Henneberg said: "We gladly welcome President Obama to the 5th District as he campaigns on behalf of his favorite Congressman, Tom Perriello. His visit will further solidify the idea in the minds of voters that Congressman Perriello has been nothing more than a lap dog for the job killing Obama-Pelosi agenda, representing their interests, not the interests of Central and Southside Virginians."

-- Anne Kornblut

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Anita Kumar  | October 26, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello  
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