Gubernatorial nominees canvas VA

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Candidates for Governor criss-crossed the state Saturday making the most of every opportunity to bring in a few more votes in the upcoming election.

Democrat Creigh Deeds appeared here in the Richmond area alongside Governor Tim Kaine.

Deeds is boasting his second endorsement from the Washington Post in five months.

The editorial appeared on the post's web site this evening.

It applauds Deeds' willingness to boost taxes for transportation improvements.

"I just got endorsed by the Washington Post. That's going to be in the newspaper tomorrow (Sunday)," said Deeds. "It's a strong endorsement. We're building momentum. We got 17 days left to close this deal. Second place is not an alternative. We're going to win this election."

Deeds recently announced President Obama will campaign for him on October 27th.

He's also receiving support from other prominent Democrats like Vice President Joe Biden, former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton.

Republican gubernatorial nominee, Bob McDonnell also made his way to metro Richmond Saturday.

The former Virignia Attorney General was at the 7th District Roundup in Glen Allen with Congressman Eric Cantor.

McDonnell says he is focusing on the voters now, mostly independent and undecided, especially in the last two weeks of the campaign.

"We understand that to win we have got to have a good closing ground game and to be able to get our voters out and Eric does a better job of perhaps anybody that's being able to get folks from all over the state and all over the region to come out and get enthused about the last couple weeks of campaign," said McDonnell.

McDonnell also attended events in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Much of his day was spent campaigning with a man who's no stranger to the campaign trail: Arizona Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain.

McCain praised McDonnell as a fiscal conservative who will fight government spending.

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