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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is serving as one of Mitt Romney’s high-profile surrogates this cycle, said he doubts Mr. Obama will be able to replicate his 2008 performance.

He was an incredibly effective spokesman for the liberal cause, he was incredibly charismatic, he and his team seized on the weakness of the Republican message that time, and he had a very uplifting campaign based on hope and change,” he said. “Very different from the one this year, which is based on fear and division and negativity. It’s a whole different feel this year.”