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President Obama will campaign for Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, next week. But sensing his likely defeat, the White House is already trying to spin Deeds' problems as being rooted in his failure to fully embrace Obama and to accept his advisors' strategic wisdom.
The Washington Post :
A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House. "I understood in the beginning why there was some reluctance to run all around the state with Barack Obama," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly about the race. "You don't do that in Virginia. But when you consider the African American turnout that they need, and then when you consider as well they've got a huge problem with surge voters, younger voters, we were just a natural for them."
A second administration official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path."
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