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Former Virginia GOP Governor Endorses Deeds



    Former Virginia GOP Governor Endorses Deeds
    Republican Bob McDonnell vs. Democrat Creigh Deeds

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Though he failed to get the endorsement of a former Democratic governor of Virginia, Creigh Deeds has earned the support of a former Republican governor.

    Linwood Holton endorsed the state senator for governor Tuesday.

    Holton was Virginia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. In endorsing Deeds, Holton cited the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve the state's transportation-funding crisis without sacrificing other core services.

    At an appearance with Deeds at an Arlington subway station, Holton said Republican candidate Bob McDonnell's transportation plan is unrealistic.

    Holton, Democratic Gov. Timothy Kaine's father-in-law, was governor from 1970-74 and was known as a centrist leader. As the state GOP has become more conservative, Holton has endorsed Democrats, including Kaine and Barack Obama.

    McDonnell will be grilled by the News & Messenger's editorial board Wednesday morning. In addition to livestreaming the interview beginning at 9 a.m., the News & Messenger is accepting questions from the public via e-mail and, starting Wednesday morning, via Twitter.