First TV AdSteele EndorsesMcDonnell Winning Weekends Host: McDonnell for Governor Type: Causes - Door knocking Network: Global Start Time: Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 8:00am
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McDonnell Dominates New Poll
The latest Rasmussen poll numbers shows Bob McDonnell expanding his lead on all three of his opponents.
The results stand at:
Bob McDonnell 44%
Brian J. Moran 34%
Bob McDonnell 45%
Terry McAuliffe 33%
Bob McDonnell 45%
Creigh Deeds 30%
Fund raising numbers
McDonnell took in $2.2 million last period, and has $3.5 million cash on hand. McAuliffe (D) has raised $4.2 million this year (only $700k from VA sources) but has spent $2.5 on staff, ads, etc.
State Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) has $1.2M in the bank, and former Del. Brian Moran (D) has $850K on hand.
McDonnell continues to lead the cash on hand race, despite his inability to raise funds between Jan. 15 and Feb. 20 because of rules governing state officials' fund raising during the General Assembly session. McDonnell also doesn't have a intense primary to drain away much needed funds.
McDonnell continues lead in new poll
A new poll shows McDonnell leading all Democratic challenges. The only Democrat who is even close to McDonnell is Brian Moran, who leads the Democrats in the polls.
McDonnell has increased his lead over Deeds and McAuliffe by 2% and overcame a previous 4% deficit to Moran.
Interesting video shows just a behind the scenes look at campaigning
Huckabee and Bob McDonnell rock the room for $$ raise $130,000Hotline On Call Coverage Hotline On Call has more on how important the Virginia Governor's race: "The GOP has a strong candidate for governor in former state attorney general Bob McDonnell. And it's McDonnell's effort that has mobilized the full attention -- and fundraising capacity -- of the national GOP. Already, McCain and Sen. Mitch McConnell have headlined events for McDonnell" "People saw Barack Obama as someone who could fix things, who could solve problems, and people see Bob McDonnell as someone who can fix things and can get things done," Gillespie told On Call in a recent interview.
On another note, Dem. candidate and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union in the AFL-CIO. Which is not surprising as unions continue to be a Democrat stronghold.
Campaign Kick Off Videos Are Up
Here is just a taste of the campaign kick off events, other videos can be found on Youtube or the main page of the RPV network.
Campaign Kick Off March 28, 2009 serves as the official campaign kickoff day for Bob McDonnell its now time to get in full campaign mode. The campaign is having events all of the start in the coming days to mark the beginning of the campaign season, to find an event near you go to www.bobmcdonnell.com On another note, former presidential candidate John McCain stopped by and showed his support for McDonnell.
Recent Interview with FoxNewsDC
Part of a four interview series with all four candidates for Governor. Liberty Visit McDonnell made a surprise visit to Liberty University in Lynchburg. He attended the convocation and called for students to devote themselves to service projects. Asian Americans Endorse McDonnell
Here is some coverage of Bob McDonnell at a recent gathering of Asian Americans for McDonnell. In the video he also criticizes the stimulus bill and talks about his economic plan for small businesses in Virginia.
McDonnell PodCast The great conservative blog BearingDrift, known for their wonderful podcast series, has a great podcast interview with Bob McDonnell. Check it out here Thanks BearingDrift! McDonnell Calls on Democrats to Support Offshore Drilling
McDonnell calls on Democratic candidates to support offshore energy exploration and development - proposes joint letter to Secretary of the Interior following request by Governor to delay process - -offshore development will create thousands of jobs; produce hundreds of millions in revenue-
For a state in debt and struggling to create jobs, this proposal is a serious idea that should be implemented.
Gov. of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty will be seen throughout the state on behalf of McDonnell. Keep your eyes and ears open for dates as they become available.
Full campaign mode
Bob McDonnell's resignation became effective February 20, and Chief deputy attorney general William C. Mims, a former Republican legislator from Loudoun County, has replaced McDonnell as Attorney General.
In a statement released by McDonnell's office, a slew of prominent state and national leaders praised him for his work over the last three years. The varied group includes Bill Leighty, former chief of staff to Democratic Govs. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., City of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring (who just endorsed Democratic candidate Brian Moran for governor) and Chuck Curran, chief counsel for AOL.
Courtesy of Anita Kumar, Washington Post
Good preview of Virginia's Governor's Race
RealClearPolitics' Sean Trende has a great article on the state of the race here in VA. In the article he has a good discussion on the background of the race, Virginia's political make up, and the upcoming statewide race.
Mr. Trende calls McDonnell "an articulate, charismatic politician with good political skills...and a family that seems made for political commercials."
He goes on to say that "this year's governor's race gives Republicans the clearest shot at a top-of-the-ticket election as they have had in years"
The article also mentions the fact that McDonnell currently leads all three Democrat challengers in head to head polling.
Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie joining McDonnell campaign
Bob McDonnell For Governor announced today that former RNC and RPV Chairman Ed Gillespie would be joining the campaign as General Chairman.
Bob McDonnell resigns effective Feb. 20
Today, Attorney General Bob McDonnell announced that he is following the long tradition of Virginia Attorney Generals' who have resigned in order to run for Governor. He will campaign full time.
Ground Zero for the GOP Jennifer Rubin at the Weekly Standard has a great article on how the first test of the GOP in the Obama era will take place in Virginia and the 2009 Governors race. The article discusses the McDonnell candidacy and how it is evolving here in Virginia. The article can be found hereMcDonnell talks about campaign and the GOP
With all the press focused on McAuliffe, his fund raising, and his new TV spot in Va Beach McDonnell is not getting the press he deserves for running a great campaign. Recently, McDonnell himself posted a campaign update on www.redstate.com. The post is a must read and can be found here
Huckabee and his PAC endorse McDonnell
Former Presidential Candidate and his newly formed PAC recently endorsed Bob McDonnell. This is the latest in a long line of endorsements for McDonnell. The endorsement was combined with one for Attorney General Candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
Formal press is here
McDonnell outpaces Dem rivals, even McAuliffe in $$$$$$
McDonnell’s campaign announced today that the state attorney general raised “over $1 million” since McAuliffe joined the race, and has raised $1.6 million over the full fund raising period from July to December 2008.
He has over $2 million on hand, and faces no opposition for the Republican primary. McDonnell is the first to reach the $2 million mark.
The agenda has 15 pieces of legislation which will be the Attorney General's focus this term. McDonnell called for an end to partisan politics so that Virginia could work through the current budget shortfall.
The agenda and accompanying commentary can be found here
Dem Terry McAuliffe is raising all sorts of cash
According to a memo released by the McAuliffe campaign today, the Democrat challenger has raised $1 million since November. If he can keep this up, it will almost certainly place him in the front running for the Democratic nomination. Again, this highlights the importance of getting out there and donating, speaking out, and volunteering for McDonnell.
Race heats up The Washington Post recently ran an article about the growing importance of the Virginia Governor race. It seems that the RNC is really getting behind Bob McDonnell. There are some big names coming to Virginia to campaign on behalf of McDonnell (I suggest getting a ticket to see all those that visit). The article underscores how important the race is for Virginia and the future of the Republican party. On another note, Terry McAuliffe is expected to make his official announcement on January 7th. Washington Post article is hereMcDonnell statement on Kaine's budget proposal
McDonnell released a statement on Gov. Kaine's budget proposal today. While McDonnell applauded the spending cuts, he rightly points out that the proposed tax increases are the wrong move in this economy. Read the statement here
Thanks Virginia Virtucon for the link
McDonnell proposes election reform
Today, Bob McDonnell continued his tradition of proposing common sense reforms. In a press release McDonnell outlined various proposals to reform elections throughout the Commonwealth. Proposals included Call for Additional Precincts; Ending Ban on Voters Wearing Campaign Paraphernalia at Polls; Assisting Election Officials with Closing the Polls; Speeding up Receipt of Absentee Ballots; Allowing First Responders to Vote Absentee
Recent poll shows a tight race Earlier this week, Rasmussen released a poll that shows the race for Governor is neck and neck between McDonnell and the three Democrat challengers. "Rep. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria is the only one of three leading Democratic hopefuls who beats Republican Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell in a straight match-up, 41% to 37%" It goes on to say, "McDonnell...runs dead even with Rep. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County at 39% apiece. Four percent (4%) prefer a third candidate, and 18% aren’t sure. This is a repeat match-up for the two since McDonnell defeated Deeds for attorney general in 2005 in a race so close it required a recount." Finally, the poll compares McDonnell to long time Clinton confidant, Terry McAuliffe, who trails McDonnell 41% to 36%. Five percent (5%) like another candidate better, while 17% are undecided. This poll highlights how close this race is and how strong the likely Democrat challenger will be in a state wide race. If you were not involved, or paying attention, now is the time to start. B2R! The entire poll, and accompanying commentary can be found hereMoran resigns from his House Seat
Brian Moran of Alexandria resigned from the House of Delegates today so that he can be a full-time candidate for governor. The full story can be found here
McDonnell unveils a new website
The McDonnell team went active with their new website yesterday. The website is amazing, and includes a video biography of the candidate that is worth a watch. All Republicans should take note, this is what a campaign website should look like...