From NBC's Mark Murray and Chuck Todd
According to the Roanoke Times, President Obama will soon make his first foray into 2009's marquee political race: the VA Gov race between Creigh Deeds (D) and Bob McDonnell (R).
"Obama will appear at a public event and private fundraiser with Deeds on Aug. 6 in McLean, just outside of Washington, Deeds' campaign said Thursday."
Meanwhile, Politico reports that the White House is getting involved in the race in other ways. "The Obama administration dispatched a senior aide to Richmond Wednesday to urge former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder to get behind state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Patrick Gaspard, the White House political director, met with Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, for over two hours in Virginia's capital."
Still, Politico notes, Wilder has yet to endorse Deeds.