Virginia is for Voters

Voters have until Tuesday to apply for absentee ballots

By Andy Salsman
|  Saturday, Oct 24, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Virginia is for Voters

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Republican Bob McDonnell vs. Democrat Creigh Deeds

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Virginia’s next governor may very well be the candidate who impresses voters the most with his plan to generate jobs.

Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are spending their last precious days of the campaign promoting their plans to create jobs and help Virginians still looking for them.

McDonnell embarked on a four-day "New Jobs, New Virginia" tour to all corners of the commonwealth. That tour ends today in Norfolk.

McDonnell, who visited a florist in Arlington Friday, says he wants to hear more about the challenges small business owners face.

Deeds, meanwhile, is pledging to help Virginians still looking for a job. He’s vowing to raise weekly unemployment benefits by $100 a week in areas where the unemployment rate jumps by 2 percent or more in a month.

Deed's plan may not be enough to get him into the governor's seat, though. The Democratic candidate is running behind in the polls and Democrats at the national level have been laying the groundwork to blame the loss on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign, according to the Washington Post.

Virginia voters who can't go to the polls in person have until Tuesday to apply for an absentee ballot. They can also cast their ballot in person at their local registrar's office. The deadline to vote in person is October 31.

For those who can make it to the voting booth, the election will be on November 3.

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