January 26, 2009
(AP) - Democrat Terry McAuliffe is broadcasting the first television ads in this year's Virginia governor's race.
The 30-second ad airs in the Hampton Roads media market and focuses on jobs, particularly military and shipbuilding jobs exclusive to the region.
Television ads this early in his three-way primary fight with Brian Moran and state Senator Creigh Deeds show McAuliffe's fundraising acumen. The former Democratic national chairman has a broad portfolio of donors nationwide.
It also signals that McAuliffe considers southeastern Virginia a battleground. His first campaign kickoff stop was in Norfolk. The region backed President Barack Obama over Republican Navy veteran John McCain last fall. It's also the home of presumed Republican nominee Bob McDonnell.