What Is the Virginia Gubernatorial Race About?

Ed Gillespie, Bob McDonnell’s general-campaign chairman, held a conference call primarily for local media on the state of the race. Gillespie made clear that his candidate caught a break when Creigh Deeds declared himself in favor of a tax increase in a time of recession, a position that Gillespie claims will force every other candidate in the election to take a position for or against such a hike. It is, he claims, a “significant development” and the sort of “bright line” that many campaigns hope for. He also took time to crow about the string of endorsements and to attack Deeds, who is getting some flak from newspaper editorialists around the state for running a negative campaign without much (any?) policy detail.

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What Is the Virginia Gubernatorial Race About?

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