[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.mccain.gi.jpg caption="McCain will campaign for Bob McDonnell next month."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain will cross the Potomac next month to campaign for Bob McDonnell in the Virginia governor’s race, making him the latest prominent Republican leader to lend a hand in a campaign certain to draw national attention as the GOP seeks a much-needed victory this November.
McCain’s Senate office confirmed the visit, as did a McDonnell campaign official.
Bobby Jindal, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson all campaigned with or raised money for McDonnell in 2008, nearly a year before election day.
According to McDonnell campaign manger Phil Cox, McCain’s former running mate Sarah Palin has also been offered an invitation to campaign for McDonnell, but nothing has been finalized. However, Cox said Palin staffers “have indicated the governor wants to help.”
Palin launched a political action committee last week called “SarahPAC,” which will allow her to travel around the country stumping for candidates.
McDonnell announced Tuesday he will step down from his attorney general post on February 10 to devote his attention full-time to the governor’s race.
He will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary race between former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, former House delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds.