[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/10/deeds.phamby.0610.cnn.jpg caption="Deeds is expected to get plenty of national help for his gubernatorial bid in Virginia."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Thousands of Virginia Democrats got an email from President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon asking them to get involved in Creigh Deeds' campaign for governor - an appeal sure to help the cash-strapped Democrat raise money after his victory last week in an expensive three-way primary.
In the e-mail, Obama writes that Deeds will "bring the same bipartisan, pragmatic approach to politics that former Governor and now Senator Mark Warner and my friend Governor Tim Kaine used to help Virginia move forward over the past eight years."
The Democratic nominee has a tough fight ahead of him against Republican Bob McDonnell, who did not face a primary and entered the month of June with nearly $5 million in the bank.
Deeds, meanwhile, has been furiously soliciting donations in the wake of his come-from-behind primary win over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran last Tuesday. At the end of May, Deeds had just over half a million dollars in his war chest and he spent heavily in the final days of the primary on television and Web ads targeted at northern Virginia voters.
Less than 24 hours after his win, Deeds sent out an e-mail to supporters pleading bluntly for donations: "We need to catch up," the e-mail said.
According to Organizing for America - the former Obama campaign organization now housed at Democratic party headquarters in Washington - Obama's message was sent to "hundreds of thousands" of Virginians on the e-mail lists of OFA and the Democratic National Committee.
Obama said he looks forward to "working with Creigh to keep the Commonwealth strong" and help the economy recover.
DNC chairman Tim Kaine said last week that Obama and Vice President Biden will both campaign for Deeds in Virginia this year.