(CNN) – Take a larger than life governor who may have designs on the White House and a battleground state crucial in presidential politics, and guess what: 2013 might not be as quiet a political year as you thought.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, and in both states, the campaign clocks are already ticking.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Election results from Tuesday night show the Republican Party must open its arms to a wider swath of voters, Virginia's GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront."
"We've got to be a lot more inclusive and open and energetic and wanting people to join our team by expressing why these conservative values are good for people of all races, creeds, colors, and national origin," McDonnell, previously a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, said on the program. "We've just got to do a better job with that."
(CNN) – After canceling absentee voting in nine counties on Monday and Tuesday due to the impact of Superstorm Sandy, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday asked localities hurt by the storm to extend their absentee voting hours.
The absentee period is scheduled to end on Saturday, but the governor urged voters to check with local general registrar offices to find out how the hours have changed in their respective areas.
(CNN) - The Republican Party of Iowa announced Wednesday that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be a keynote speaker at their annual Ronald Reagan dinner next month, along with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
The announcement from the Iowa Republicans described McDonnell as a "top" surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Iowa is considered a battleground state in the race for the presidency.
(CNN) – In the midst of a heated national debate over voter identification laws nationwide, the Justice Department approved Monday of Virginia's new voter identification law.
Virginia's new law requires voters to present a valid form of identification at the polls. Otherwise, voters can cast a provisional ballot and later present an ID within a few days following Election Day for their vote to count.
(CNN) – A few of the "could have been" running mates for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were added to the list of speakers for this month's Republican National Convention Thursday, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
All four names were considered potential vice presidential picks for Romney, who on Saturday announced House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Jindal campaigns for Romney Thursday in Virginia.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney will be joined by a trio of potential vice presidential picks on his upcoming bus tour through four battleground states, sources confirmed to CNN Monday.
The presumptive GOP nominee will stump with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on his tour, which begins Saturday.
Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he will follow the "water's edge" tradition of not criticizing President Barack Obama's policies during his international trip. But that doesn't mean his campaign back home can't get some help to do so.
The Romney campaign is sending high profile surrogates Thursday to three battleground states to act on his behalf.
(CNN) – As Mitt Romney continues his overseas trip in London, two of his prospective vice presidential picks will be touring Iowa, a Romney campaign aide confirmed.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will travel the state on Thursday in one of the campaign's buses.
(CNN) – Two high-profile governors had vastly different assessments Sunday of who was to blame for the massive cuts to defense spending that are slated to go into effect at the beginning of next year.
The so-called "fiscal cliff," which would force the Pentagon to cut $500 billion from its budgets over the next decade, came about after congressional negotiators failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan last fall. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, blamed the potential cuts on the White House, while Gov. Deval Patrick, Democrat of Massachusetts, said Republicans in Congress were to blame.