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Sen. Mark R. Warner (right) holds a large lead in a hypothetical Senate race with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Mr. Warner is running for re-election in 2014. Virginia governors are limited to a single term. (Associated Press)

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

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

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“When fully implemented,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote of the sequesters, “they could force Virginia and other states into recession.” (Associated Press)

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“When fully implemented,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote of the sequesters, “they could force Virginia and other states into recession.” (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS “The floor substitute that passed with my support, by removing the fee, by removing the tolls, is one I am advocating every member of the General Assembly in the House to pass,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday in Richmond.

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“The floor substitute that passed with my support, by removing the fee, by removing the tolls, is one I am advocating every member of the General Assembly in the House to pass,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday in Richmond. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures “0” as he urges eliminating the state gasoline tax in favor of an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs on Jan 8. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed giving public schools a letter grade, a move that is seen as essential to generating parental and community support for improving schools. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures “0” as he urges eliminating the state gasoline tax in favor of an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs on Jan 8. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed giving public schools a letter grade, a move that is seen as essential to generating parental and community support for improving schools. (Associated Press)

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

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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 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)