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McDonnell to give GOP SOTU response

From NBC's Mark Murray
Well, it's not going to be Scott Brown...

First Read has learned that GOP congressional leaders have tapped Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week.

McDonnell won election last year -- in blow-out fashion -- in a key battleground state Obama carried in the 2008 presidential election.

McDonnell becomes the latest Virginia politician to give the SOTU response -- ex-Gov. Tim Kaine (2006) and Sen. Jim Webb (2007) have all given SOTU responses recently.