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Now that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been named chair of the Republican Governors Association, it could test his relationship with Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

With the economies of Virginia and Maryland so tightly bound to the nation's Capital, the top executives of the two states have maintained a good working relationship with each other.

But Professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia says those ties may be tested now that both are chairs of their party’s respective governors associations.

"Now where it's going to be interesting is on the national programs, the Sunday morning programs for example, there you will find on occasion O'Malley representing the Democrats and McDonnell representing the Republicans," says Sabato. "And that’s where you would have a natural debate between the two."

But Sabato doesn't expect those meetings to turn into the heated attacks that characterized the congressional budget debates.

"I don’t think it would get too personal," he says. "That's just not McDonnells style."

McDonnell will be heading to New Hampshire for a GOP fundraiser next month, increasing speculation that he’s a potential vice presidential nominee.

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