(CNN) - With the Republican presidential battle in full swing, the No. 2 spot on the ticket is garnering attention of its own.
Popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who also serves as chair of the Republican Governors Association, will be the keynote speaker Monday at the New Hampshire Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner in Concord. The speech is his first national address since taking the top spot at the RGA.
His appearance in the first-in-the-nation primary state follows a Michigan straw poll over the weekend that gauged the vice presidential picks of Wolverine State activists and donors.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida received the top spot in the survey with 23 percent of the vote, followed by three GOP presidential candidates: former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain at 14 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 13 percent and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at 12 percent.
White House contender Mitt Romney overwhelmingly won the presidential straw poll with 51 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 16.8 percent.
McDonnell, a first term governor, and Rubio, a freshman senator, have been the subject of ongoing vice presidential speculation with Rubio repeatedly shooting down the talk.