February 9, 2008
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama brought
their close contest into Virginia today, battling hard in a
Republican state to win a rare Democratic primary with national
They arrived after powerful proxies, including Clinton's
ex-president husband, worked hard to motivate activists ahead of
Tuesday's potentially pivotal Mid-Atlantic primaries.
At the Virginia Democratic Party's annual fundraiser for about
4,000 activists, chanting supporters for both candidates gave the
event the charged, competitive air of the Super Bowl.
Both Hillary Clinton and Obama brought supporters from both
sides to their feet with withering references to President Bush and
the presumptive GOP nominee, John McCain.
Former President Bill Clinton hop-scotched westward across
Virginia on a four-stop swing for his wife. Meanwhile, Obama had
Governor Tim Kaine exhorting crowds of Obama canvassers before they set out on their door-to-door missions.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)