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McDonnell ahead of all competitors

The leads range from three to nine points.  But, as Jim Geraghty points out, there is a caveat.

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Bob McDonnell to resign as Attorney General

The Washington Times reports that he’ll be stepping down from his post to concentrate on the gubernatorial race full-time:

“For the last three years, I’ve had a terrific opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 44th attorney general,” said Mr. McDonnell, the lone Republican running to replace Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat. “But now it’s time for me to fully begin a new challenge in my life.”

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The date allows Mr. McDonnell to continue pushing his legislative agenda in the coming days, but means he will be free from the position’s requirements as the campaign heats up.

The Republican called the attorney general’s position “the best job I’ve ever had” and said he arrived at his decision with a heavy heart. But his resignation follows historical precedent: Every attorney general of either major party who is running for governor has resigned from the position since 1985, McDonnell officials said.

“A campaign for governor demands a full-time candidate,” Mr. McDonnell said. “The office of the attorney general is the commonwealth’s law firm and demands a full-time attorney general.”

This move will give Bob McDonnell a head start on the gubernatorial race while the Democrats fight it out in their primary, an opportunity that Sen. John McCain (who is campaigning for McDonnell next month) largely neglected in his presidential campaign.  It will also allow him one more week of fundraising, as the Attorney General of Virginia cannot receive campaign donations during Virginia’s legislative session.  This will help him keep his fundraising edge against Terry McAuliffe.

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McDonnell receives award from veterans group

Bob McDonnell accepted the Seven Seals Award from the Guard and Reserve:

“Today, we are honoring Bob McDonnell, not for his military service, for which we owe him a great deal of gratitude, but for his exceptional support of fellow Reserve and Guard members as an employer,” Trout said. “Bob McDonnell has gone above and beyond in supporting the employees in his office who are also citizen soldiers; but his support is not just for those service members in his office.”

McDonnell’s devotion to our men and women in uniform serves as a nice contrast to the current occupant of the White House, who is the first President in the 56-year history of the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball unable to find the time to attend.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell here.

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McDonnell leads fundraising

It’s been reported that Attorney General Bob McDonnell is leading the money race in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election:

McDonnell, who is unopposed for the Republican nomination, raised slightly more than $1.6 million in the second half of last year, according to a report he submitted Thursday to the Virginia State Board of Elections. His campaign spent $589,000.

Terry McAulliffe, who appears to be the strongest Democrat in the race, made national news earlier this week with his fundraising raising report.  It showed that he had raised “almost” one million dollars.  Can we expect CNN to cover McDonnell’s huge haul?  (I’m not holding my breath, either.)

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

Update: The Newport News Daily Press is reporting that Atty. Gen. McDonnell has $2 million in the bank.

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Brian Moran stands up for higher gas prices…

…by standing against all offshore drilling in Virginia.

In the race to become the next governor, Brian Moran, a Democrat, broke ranks Tuesday with other candidates by vowing to fight all efforts to allow oil and natural gas drilling off the Virginia coast.

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The two other Democratic contenders, state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe, have more nuanced positions than Moran, a former Northern Virginia state legislator.

Naturally the only candidate for Virginia governor standing up for American families hurting from high gas prices is Bob McDonnell.

You can donate to his campaign here.

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Even Tim “The Eyebrow” Kaine thinks Bob McDonnell will win

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine recently stopped talking about how awesome he is long enough to comment on the 2009 gubernatorial election in Virginia.  Here’s what he had to say:

Kaine said he regards Attorney General Bob McDonnell, the likely GOP nominee, as the favorite because of the state’s “32-year curse.” Kaine was referring to the pattern in which Virginians have followed each presidential election since 1976 by electing a governor of the opposing party.

“I used to think that was a coincidence,” he said, but he now thinks it reflects “buyer’s remorse.” Presidents usually lose seats in the midterm elections, he noted.

Or, perhaps McDonnell will win because he’s right on the issues.  Or because the Democrats seem poised to elect a Clinton hack with no elective experience in Virginia or elsewhere as their candidate.

Whatever the case, I’m glad to know that this back-bencher can see the light.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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Mortgage Relief for Virginia

Attorney General Bob McDonnell announded that the Commonwealth of Virginia had reached a settlement with Countrywide Financial Corp to provide foreclosure relief to Virginians.

Many of those helped will be in Northern Virginia, an area that has become increasingly hard for Republicans to win, especially conservative Republicans like Bob McDonnell.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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