Jon Huntsman visits Richmond today

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman will visit Richmond to raise money. Attending his fundraiser will be Virginia Governor McDonnell. Why might McDonnell’s endorsement be sought after, and how might Virginia play in the 2012 elections?

Jon Huntsman, who currently aspires to the Republican presidential nomination, will visit Richmond this morning to attend a private fundraiser. It’s been confirmed that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will visit Huntsman’s breakfast fundraising event at the Country Club of Virginia.

McDonnell is a sought after political endorsement, as his public approval ratings are among the nation’s highest among governors, consistently near 60%. However, McDonnell has not stated when, or even if, he would endorse a candidate.

Many think that Virginia will be an important swing state in the 2012 presidential elections. In 2008, the states 13 electoral votes went to President Obama, the first time a Democrat had won the state since 1964.

McDonnell has already spoken with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former House Speak Newt Gingrich several times during the primary season. Both candidates visited Virginia in 2009 during McDonnell’s gubernatorial campaign.

stock photo by Gage Skidmore

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