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Tuesday
Oct262010

Vulnerable Virginia Democrat Tom Perriello To Get A Boost From Obama

Photo Courtesy - Perriello dot House dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello, one of the year’s most endangered House Democrats, is getting something that no other Congressional candidate has received this year: an exclusive, public visit from President Barack Obama.

The president will travel to Charlottesville, Va. on Oct. 29 to campaign for the freshman Democrat, who has been a key White House ally in Congress.

Perriello is battling Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt to hold onto his seat in the state’s fifth district, which Sen. John McCain carried in 2008 even though Obama won Virginia.

President Obama has held fundraisers for other House Democrats this election season, but his trip to central Virginia will be the first time he will stump for a single member of Congress. Perriello is one of the few congressional Democrats who might actually want Obama by his side during a year when so many lawmakers are running away from the president and his agenda.

The Virginia Democrat has backed the Obama administration on many of its most important priorities, including the stimulus, health care reform and climate change bills -- three votes that Hurt has been highlighting in his bid for the seat.

Earlier this month, Obama called Perriello and several other House Democrats "courageous" for casting difficult votes. "There have been a surprising number of folks who have been willing to stand up,” Obama said at George Washington University on Oct. 12. “There have just been some folks who really stood up knowing that they might be putting their congressional careers at risk. And that’s been a pleasant surprise.”

Perriello won his seat in 2008 by just over 700 votes out of more than 300,000 ballots cast. Recent polls show Hurt in the lead, although the race remains tight. Obama's visit was first reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

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