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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Steve Appleton, chief executive and chairman of Micron Technology, Inc., speaks Nov. 4, 2005, after Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner announced Micron will create 860 new high-tech jobs during a ceremony at the company's Manassas, Va., location. (Associated Press/Potomac News)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell applauds as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (left) and Attorney General, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II during a news conference Tuesday with House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol in Richmond. The 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly begins Wednesday with the Senate split 20-20 by political parties. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announces his education agenda Monday for the legislature at the Capitol in Richmond as (from left) Luca Rickey, Zane Childress and Caroline Saady listen. His No. 1 push will be to repeal the so-called Kings Dominion law that says schools cannot open until after Labor Day. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces his legislative agenda during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 4, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (center) announce their legislative agenda in Richmond. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left) and the Rev. Tommy McDearis (right) comfort Army Sgt. Paul Sweeney during the memorial service Monday in Blacksburg for Deriek W. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer who was fatally shot last week. (Associated Press)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) and former Sen. George Allen, who also was governor of the commonwealth, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday, "We simply cannot afford a government that just grows bigger and bigger with each passing year." (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, referencing the new biennial budget, predicts some pain ahead, which could include layoffs, to balance the needs of programs like Medicaid and the Virginia Retirement System. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell discusses election results at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling looks on. (Associated Press)

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"Republicans will now have the responsibility and accountability ... of governing both Houses," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (center) and his fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark R. Warner, attend a get-out-the-vote rally at George Mason University in Fairfax on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (The Washington Times)

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In this image, released by the Virginia Republican Party, an invitation touts a Republican Party fundraiser featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Richmond on Wednesday. State party Chairman Pat Mullins sent the invitation to party activists across the commonwealth.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appeared with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, together Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" in their roles as chairmen of their parties' governors associations. (Associated Press)

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Drew Angerer/The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) marks the occasion solemnly as the colors are presented at the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.. At right is Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell.