President Obama will be investing his time in the Virginia gubernatorial race, campaigning across the river for Democrat Creigh Deeds next month.
Obama will be hosting a public rally for Deeds at the McLean Hilton on August 6, and then headlining a private fundraiser for the Democratic nominee.
Deeds needs to get the Democratic party’s African-American base enthused about his campaign, and is hoping that the presidential visit will help turn out black voters in November. As Jonathan Martin noted in POLITICO, he’s not getting any help from Doug Wilder, the state’s first black governor, who is withholding his endorsement for now.
Earlier this month, Deeds passed up the opportunity to appear with Obama at a health care town hall the president was hosting in Northern Virginia.
Deeds narrowly trails Republican Bob McDonnell in the most recent public polls.
Virginia is one of two states hosting off-year gubernatorial races – and both are being watched closely by the administration. Obama headed to New Jersey last week to rally support for embattled Gov. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), who is trailing badly in polls to Republican Chris Christie.