Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., reacts to audience applause during a campaign event at the Waukesha county expo center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will be making a solo trip in Virginia today, making stops at high schools in Springfield and Richmond, Va.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appear alongside Ryan in the swing state.
The stops come less than a week after Romney announced Ryan’s nomination in Norfolk, highlighting the high stakes in Virginia this election.
Polling averages show Obama leading Romney in the state 47.3 percent to 46.3 percent.
Ryan will be at Glen Allen’s Deep Run High School this morning and at Springfield’s West Springfield High School this afternoon.
The Washington Examiner reports that Ryan will meet up with wealthy donors at the Westin Hotel in Arlington Friday night. Dinner will cost $15,000 per person and a VIP photo reception runs $1,000
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* If Romney wins and Gov. McDonnell gets an administration job, what does that mean for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who is currently in a competitive race for governor?
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* Beyond DC has a pretty cool looking potential D.C. bus map.
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* Pit bull owners in Maryland will have to wait until 2013 for legislative fix to court ruling that found pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous.”
* The Roanoke Times writes that interest groups are piling on attack ads against Senate candidate Tim Kaine that have already been debunked.