The Clarion-Ledger, 10/23/8

The quest by Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama for toss-up Virginia has gone country.

McCain is looking to run up enormous margins in rural Republican strongholds. Obama is fighting just as hard to stay in play.

How country has it gone?

At the same moment on Tuesday, current and former Mississippi governors toured opposite ends of the Virginia countryside for the campaigns, neither conceding a single city, town or crossroads.

“This is happening in Virginia, and I think it’s happening in a lot of other states,” former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus, a Democrat, said during a stop for Obama in this Tidewater town in Virginia’s rural, Republican-leaning Northern Neck.