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The cumulative budget surplus under Gov. Bob McDonnell has been the largest for any administration in state history. (associated press)

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The cumulative budget surplus under Gov. Bob McDonnell has been the largest for any administration in state history. (associated press)

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, center left, greets Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center right, with general manager Bruce Allen, left, and owner Dan Snyder, right, looking on at the football team training camp in Richmond, Va., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is part of a delegation that traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan this week to visit troops (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)

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Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will automatically restore civil rights to nonviolent felons in Virginia on a conditional, case-by-case basis.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will automatically restore civil rights to nonviolent felons in Virginia on a conditional, case-by-case basis.

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell opens the 2013 General Assembly session. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell this week stopped short of any wholesale changes to a transportation plan that will likely be his signature legislative achievement, but the under-fire Republican did propose a series of modifications. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia’s roads and infrastructure has been an ongoing issue, but Gov. Bob McDonnell is taking heat for a bill that will hike the sales tax from 5 to 5.3 percent and allow an additional sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. (Associated Press)

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Virginia’s roads and infrastructure has been an ongoing issue, but Gov. Bob McDonnell is taking heat for a bill that will hike the sales tax from 5 to 5.3 percent and allow an additional sales tax in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. (Associated Press)

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An Iowa TV ad rips Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for brokering a transportation deal that includes tax increases. Mr. McDonnell is a possible presidential candidate.

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An Iowa TV ad rips Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for brokering a transportation deal that includes tax increases. Mr. McDonnell is a possible presidential candidate.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is likely to sign some form of a transportation plan but decisions on other bills are less clear. “[H]e’s going to be confronted with criticism no matter which direction he’s gone,” political analyst Bob Holsworth says. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is likely to sign some form of a transportation plan but decisions on other bills are less clear. “[H]e’s going to be confronted with criticism no matter which direction he’s gone,” political analyst Bob Holsworth says. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he does not expect revenue to decline next year, although it could grow at a slower pace depending on what happens in Washington. He has told state lawmakers that Virginia could be significantly affected by the “fiscal cliff.” (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is surrounded by students, parents, educators and legislators at the Capitol as he announces his initiatives for the 2013 session in December. Among his ideas is assigning letters to grade schools’ performance. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's executive order directs that new voter-registration cards be sent to every active voter in the state. (Associated Press)