Democratic official: Obama to campaign in Virginia

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 3:41 PM
Democratic official: Obama to campaign in Virginia

A Democratic official says President Barack Obama will campaign in Virginia Friday for embattled Rep. Tom Perriello.

Obama will speak in Charlottesville at a rally for Perriello, who narrowly won his seat in 2008 and is again locked in a highly competitive race, this time against Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president's schedule has not been announced.

Perriello voted for Obama's health care overhaul, and hasn't backed away from the president's agenda during this election season. His district is home to the University of Virginia, and is more than 20 percent black, giving Obama the opportunity to reach out to constituencies with whom he is popular.

A White House official said Friday's event was added at the request of Democratic House leadership and Perriello's campaign.

Hurt's campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement that Obama's visit will solidify that Perriello has been "a lapdog" for the president, representing Obama's interests and not those of Virginia voters.

With the Nov. 2 election fast approaching, Obama is spending much of this week at the White House. He'll wrap up his midterm elections campaigning on a two-day, four-state swing this weekend as he makes a final push to rally Democrats ahead of Election Day.

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Associated Press writer David Espo contributed to this report.