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Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is running for governor next year, acknowledged that Virginia will be competitive this fall but said Mr. Obama’s record is “scant” and “undistinguished,” and that the Democrat will have trouble pushing his platform throughout the state.

Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia Republican, said Mr. McCain’s military service would resonate with the roughly 1 million veterans living in Virginia. She also said Mr. Obama is not as qualified to be president as Mr. McCain.

Mr. Obama then made his way to the other side of Virginia, for an evening rally at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, where a crowd in the thousands erupted in thunderous applause and some shouted, “V-P,” when Mr. Obama introduced his Senate colleague from Virginia, Jim Webb.

“If you’re in a fight, and we’re in a fight, you want Jim Webb to have your back,” he said after offering effusive praise for his “friend” the governor, Tim Kaine - one of his earliest supporters last fall.

Mr. Webb, widely seen as a vice-presidential contender, said Mr. Obama had excited millions of voters and would do that in the fall.

Mr. Obama also worked Thursday to unify the party, announcing that he would keep Howard Dean at the helm of the Democratic National Committee, an affirmation of Mr. Dean’s bottom-up rebuilding of the party across all 50 states. Still, Mr. Obama is installing one of his top strategists, Paul Tewes, to help expand the DNC staff and oversee party operations.

The move puts Mr. Obama’s ample fundraising machine at the party’s disposal. In so doing, Mr. Obama imposed on the DNC the same ban on money from federal lobbyists and political action committees that he has placed on his campaign.

The DNC has trailed its Republican counterpart in fundraising. Over the past 17 months, the Republican National Committee has raised $166 million to the Democratic National Committee’s $82.3 million. The DNC also has spent heavily, leaving little cash on hand while the RNC has built up its reserves. At the end of May, the RNC had nearly $54 million in the bank to the DNC’s $4 million.

That Republican advantage is overshadowed by Mr. Obama’s sizable edge over Mr. McCain. At the end of May, Mr. McCain had raised $115 million and had $31.5 million in the bank. Mr. Obama has not announced his May totals, but at the end of April had raised $264 million and had $46.5 million in the bank.

Still, Mr. McCain of Arizona reported his best fundraising month in May, raising $21.5 million.

As Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders were moving quickly to unite the party in advance of Mrs. Clinton’s concession event on Saturday, considerable evidence of raw feelings remained and her camp made bitter accusations that she had been mistreated and belittled because she was a woman.

Clinton supporters said there was still a lot of “mourning and grieving” among her grass-roots followers and that it will take sometime before they would be able to bury their disappointment and fully embrace Mr. Obama as their nominee.

Many still held out hope that he would put her on the ticket to reach out to her supporters, but Clinton campaign officials Thursday were sending signals that they were no longer pushing for the vice-presidential spot on the ticket, at least not overtly.

“There will be a significant number of Clinton supporters, a lot of them women, who are upset with what they perceive to be sexism within the Democratic Party and with the primary process and it will take many of these people some time to get over their anger and disappointment,” said former DNC Chairman Steve Grossman, a Clinton supporter and fundraiser.

“It may be that for some of those people the only thing that will stoke their enthusiasm [for Mr. Obama] will be Hillary Clinton on the ticket as his vice-presidential running mate. That’s a move that I wholly support because it will make the ticket more powerful and attractive to the voter bases that each appealed to throughout the primaries,” Mr. Grossman said.

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