Virginia's candidates for governor square off tonight in Richmond for their first live, televised debate. Democrat Creigh Deeds still trails Republican Bob McDonnell by a substantial margin in a state where Democrats have won recent elections for senator and governor.
Deeds has argued the race should focus on Richmond issues that are the governor's prime responsibilities rather than federal policy. But a new Washington Post poll shows that Deeds must do a better job persuading Obama voters they should be enthusiastic about him.
Public television stations in most Virginia markets are carrying the hour-long 8 p.m. debate live, including WETA in the Washington area, as well as C-SPAN. More than 100 people will attend the debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and AARP.
Deeds and McDonnell will take questions from a panel of four reporters. The debate will be moderated by Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for "The NewsHour" on PBS.
Meymo Lyons reports...