Romney, McDonnell Plan Fairfax Drop-By

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GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are planning a thank-you visit to Fairfax County Republican Party headquarters on Wednesday.

Unlike other popular GOP governors, McDonnell hasn’t been coy about his availability as a vice presidential nominee next year although he hasn’t endorsed any of the GOP hopefuls and says he won’t do so until after next month’s Virginia elections.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Virginians  three times more satisfied with the ways things are going in the commonwealth than they are about the state of the country, as Gov. Bob McDonnell remains wildly popular with voters with a 62-22 percent job approval rating.

Virginia, traditionally a red state, went blue in 2008 and is so far seen as too close to call next year, so and neighboring North Carolina are both likely to be visited frequently by candidates hoping to set themselves up across the Potomac on January 20, 2013.

President Obama has visited Virginia, particularly Fairfax and Arlington, frequently.  He took a more comprehensive swing through the state last week.

 

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