June 3rd, 2009
05:16 PM ET
14 years ago

In Virginia race, Deeds launches new ad in Washington region

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/09/art.deeds.cnn.jpg caption="Deeds is one of three Democrats seeking the party's nomination for governor."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds is looking to project an air of momentum in the closing days of the Democratic primary race by launching a new TV ad in the costly northern Virginia media market.

When the ad starts running Wednesday night, Deeds and fellow Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe will both be on the air in every corner of the commonwealth with just five days left until next Tuesday's Democratic primary. The third candidate in the race, former House delegate Brian Moran, has spent considerably less on television ads - but he maintains a strong base of support in the Washington suburbs where most of the state's Democratic voters reside.

The 30-second ad asks the question: "On June 9, which Democrat has the most experience to carry on the policies of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine?" The spot then touts Deeds' recent - and somewhat surprising - endorsement by the Washington Post. "The Washington Post says it's Creigh Deeds," a narrator says. "Deeds 'would make transportation his first priority.'"

The ad also points out that Deeds is pro-choice, a message that might help allay fears among northern Virginia liberals that the state senator from rural Bath County is too conservative to lead the party.

The Deeds campaign maintains that a stronger-than-expected showing in northern Virginia combined with good turnout downstate and in rural areas will push their candidate over the top in next week's vote. "If we get over 20 percent of the vote in northern Virginia, I find it very hard to believe we don't win the nomination," campaign manager Joe Abbey told CNN.

The Washington area media market can be prohibitively expensive for political candidates - especially ones who lack the deep pockets of McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman. McAuliffe raised nearly $7 million through last week, while Moran raised $4.8 million and Deeds $3.8 million. Abbey claimed that the campaign was able to afford the ad buy in part because excited campaign supporters contributed over $20,000 just yesterday.

The winner of next week's primary contest will move on to face Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election, and both national parties are likely to devote considerable resources to helping their candidate win the symbolic off-year election.

Filed under: Brian Moran • Creigh Deeds • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    I don't care who wins as long as it is not McAuliffe. He is a hyper insensitive creep who deserves nothing at all. This guy is so hyper its like looking at a 8 year old boy who just ate all the cookies in the jar. Why is he so hyper all the time? I'm sure the people in Virginia can do much better than this. Maybe the next time he campaigns against someone (in his own party) he'll remember words do hurt and they have a lasting effect.

    June 3, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    His-Lamb began in the Sheeps Womb.

    June 3, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    @ Shirley....... still on the fence? Too bad. Hope you come back to the HOPE side of things.


    June 3, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. T.T.L.

    Governor Creigh Deeds!

    June 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. American

    It doesn't matter who wins the democratic primary, Bob McDonnell will conquer in the election. As long as I don't have to watch any more of McAuliffe's ads.

    June 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Chris from VA

    My vote is for Brian Moran! IF the filthy liar McAuliffe wins in the primary, the GOP has my vote for Governor this time around.

    Brian Moran for Governor!

    June 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    You would have to be a moron to vote for someone with no money to win. It will take a lot of Dirty Deeds to overcome such a funding disadvantage.

    June 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Albo58

    Anyone but McAuliffe! You know he is inept, pander bear because he is being endorsed by Clinton AND Obama!

    June 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Paul

    I am for Governor Deeds. Why let a Republican conservative right wing dog who thinks like poor white trash like McDonnell win.

    June 3, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Sick -n- Tired

    I guess this is good news if your GAY!

    June 3, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Reed

    Go Creigh! Happy that CNN gave us some recognition!

    June 3, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. Peter

    McAuliffe, there is something about that man which bothers me...Everytime I saw him on television during the Democratic Presidential Primaries, he was always saying something along the lines of "Obama is an idiot, don't you get that you moron?" He seemed angered that people could disagree with him, while his political stances do intrigue me, I'm afraid that his lack of patience and unwilling "reputation" to accept different points of view, I believe he could endanger Virginia, and the Democrats current stronghold there. If he wins the primaries *I doubt it* I question if he can win, and what does this mean to Senators Webb and Warner? Let's wait and see.

    June 3, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Steve

    Creigh Deeds is a good, decent man who has reasonable positions on most issues. He is a true middle of the road candidate who, if he wins the primary next week, will avenge his previous loss to McDonnell for the AG position - the closest election in Virginia history - and serve the Commonwealth well.

    June 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Jasmine in Germany

    I will not hesitate to comment that I would't have Terry McAuliffe serve as my doormat. I'd put him right into the biological waste recycling bin. To the State which bore Thomas Jefferson, may the best candidate which will SERVE the people, win. And please, be bipartisan.

    June 3, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |