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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.
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. Robert F. McDonnell speaks with representatives from the Richmond Justice Initiative, including (from left) Nicole LeBoeuf, a regent law intern, Tran Doan, an administrative volunteer, and Marie Krouse, a regent law intern, at the signing of sex trafficking legislation Tuesday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell shakes hands with Delegate Vivian E. Watts, Annandale Democrat, after signing sex trafficking legislation into law on Tuesday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
Now that he is running for the U.S. Senate, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, is facing questions about his decision last year to send a double-murderer to his native Germany. The order was rescinded by his GOP successor. (Associated Press)
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, shown here Wednesday at the Statehouse, says he supports the state's current adoption policy, which welcomes single individuals and married couples as caregivers for children. (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)
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, left, gestures during a press conference along with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 15, 2010. The governor said 71,500 jobs have been added in Virginia since February. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (at podium) addresses President Obama's announcement of offshore oil and gas exploration as (from left) Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Maureen Matsen and Secretary of Natural Resources Dout Domenech look on at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)