Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces a $311 million revenue surplus for fiscal year 2011 during a news conference as Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, and Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown, center, listen at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell received a favorable rating on his job performance after 16 months in office. A poll determined that 55 percent of the respondents like what he is doing, compared with 26 percent who don't.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell greets children at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington as he leaves Tuesday's rally to launch the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign. "Some of you are going to have a very busy future, and so you all need to make sure you're eating right," Mr. McDonnell told them. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, R-Va. left, talks with Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., on the Statehouse steps during a Virginia Call to Prayer Day event, in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures during a press conference detailing the Republican agenda for the 2011 session of the General Assembly as Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, left, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, listen at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds makes a speech to supporters after losing the Virginia governor's race to Republican Bob McDonnell, at his election results event in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. At far left is Deed's son, Gus Deeds.