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Deeds wins gubernatorial primary

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State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds easily defeated better-funded opponents Tuesday to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Deeds’ victory sets up a rematch with former Attorney General Bob McDonnell. Deeds lost the attorney general’s race to McDonnell by 323 votes in 2005.

Deeds defeated former state Del. Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The senator from Bath County won almost 50 percent of the vote, while McAuliffe received 26 percent and Moran won 24 percent. Deeds handedly defeated McAuliffe and Morgan in Northern Virginia, where analysts believe an endorsement from The Washington Post boosted his profile in the region. Deeds captured 49.3 percent of the vote in Fairfax County.

Virginia’s gubernatorial race will be watched closely around the country. Democrats are hoping to continue their recent successes in what traditionally has been a conservative state. Virginia and New Jersey are the only states holding gubernatorial elections this year.


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