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Virginia governor coming to NH to stump for Lamontagne on Oct. 11

MANCHESTER — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will visit the state Oct. 11 to campaign for candidate for gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne.

McDonnell will be the featured guest at a $50-a-person evening fundraiser at the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant in Salem.

The event&#';s co-hosts are state Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Morse and former House speaker Donna Sytek, both of Salem, as well as 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Stephen, Tuscan Kitchen owner Joe Faro and Bruce Breton, who was the campaign manager for Lamontagne&#';s Republican primary foe, Kevin Smith.

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) and its Democratic counterpart, the DGA, have been targeting the New Hampshire governor&#';s race with television advertising.

Several recent polls show the race is a toss-up, with Democrat Maggie Hassan holding small leads, but within the polls&#'; margins of error.

RGA Vice Chairman Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, stumped for Lamontagne in New Hampshire on Sept. 25.

Like Christie, McDonnell is viewed as a rising star in the national party, and, like Christie, he is viewed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016 if President Barack Obama wins a second term over Mitt Romney.

John DiStaso, senior political reporter

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