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Governor Debate Highlights Differences Among Democrats

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

April 30, 2009

We are now 40 days away from the Commonwealth's Democratic primary. That's when voters will choose a nominee for Governor from Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and Brian Moran.

The candidates were in Blacksburg Wednesday night trying to score points before the partisan crowd. Basically, they're looking for every last vote they can get before June 9th.

Each candidate went on the attack. Creigh Deeds' call for clean coal energy was met with Brian Moran's retort that clean coal doesn't exist. Terry McAuliffe said repealing Virginia's gay marriage ban wouldn't be a priority for him as Governor. Moran responded that as governor, he would make time for the issue. Moran also called for background checks on anyone looking to buy a gun. He called out Deeds for his moderate history on gun issues.

An analyst with the University of Virginia's Center for Politics says the mood at the Democrats' debate was that Brian Moran was the winner. But new polls show McAuliffe with a sizable lead. However, head-to-head with the Republican Bob McDonnell, Deeds seems to have the advantage.

They'll debate one last time on May 19th in Northern Virginia.

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