Obama, Romney Campaigns Plan Virginia Events This Week
President Barack Obama will make multiple campaign stops in Virginia next Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. The campaign has not confirmed any times or places, but the Associated Press reports Obama plans to stop in Roanoke, Virginia Beach, and Hampton.
Republicans are paying Virginia attention too. Mitt Romney campaigned just last week with Governor Bob McDonnell in northern Virginia. Saturday, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will help officially launch Romney's campaign efforts in Albemarle County.
"The presidential campaign becomes the party apparatus for everyone so the state party's going to do what it can to help out," UVA Center For Politics Analyst Kyle Kondik said.
Kondik says despite getting a later start campaigning in Virginia than Obama did, we can expect many more Romney events in the months to come.
"Romney didn't have to come for the primary basically because it was obvious he was going to win because he and Ron Paul were the only ones on the ballot," Kondik said. "It's also easy for Obama to come here because it's basically in his backyard."
Saturday's event coincides with two other Republican rallies in the commonwealth, that includes a Fairfax event featuring Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as well as U.S. Senate candidate George Allen and his wife Susan.
There's another Republican event Saturday morning in Ruckersville. A group called Concerned Women for America will kick off their push to get more Virginia women to vote Republican this fall. That's happening at 9 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Grill on Route 29.
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Derick Waller joined the NBC 29 news team in August, 2010. Prior to this, Derick graduated with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story