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2009/2010: Here come more ads!

NEW JERSEY: Federal authorities have decided not to investigate Democrats' claims that former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie politicized the office during his tenure. Recent accusations focused on Christie's conversations with Karl Rove, advisor to George W. Bush, about running for governor. The Office of Special Counsel, which made the decision not to investigate, said "it had no authority to discipline Christie even if there was a violation."

VIRGINIA: Here's the new Creigh Deeds ad, mentioned yesterday, warning voters of Republican opponent Bob McDonnell's plan to "take Virginia backwards." Called "Restrict," the ad cites McDonnell's introduction of "35 bills to restrict a woman's right to choose," and his opposition to birth control for married adults.
The Virginia ad wars wage on, with the Republican Governors Association releasing an ad on behalf of McDonnell, criticizing Deeds' gas tax law proposals.
The Weekly Standard unearthed this 1999 statement from Creigh Deeds' spokesman, sure to spark debate in light of his attacks on Bob McDonnell's controversial term paper on conservative family issues: "Mr. Deeds does not support gay rights. There is no law that says that gay partners can get health insurance." Weekly Standard: "That same year Deeds took out a full page ad declaring his opposition to "special rights for gays… As evidence of Deeds' evolution on gay rights, however, in 2007 he did support the right of same-sex couples to… get gym memberships at UVA. How progressive!"

The Wall Street Journal notes some of Creigh Deeds' weaknesses in the gubernatorial race. First, Virginia Obama supporters are not sure to vote Democratic again. "A Survey USA poll released Sept. 3 found that 13% of last year's Obama voters planned to vote for Mr. McDonnell." Furthermore, Deeds has yet to find a "defining issue that resonates broadly with voters—this week, his message seemed to be education overhaul." Also, Virginia has voted the incoming President's party out of the governor's mansion every election since 1997. University of Virginia's Larry Sabato comments on this phenomenon: "Voters in Virginia tend to take on the mission of the founding fathers, who believed in balance. Apparently this thing has become an iron law. It's just fascinating," Sabato said.