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November 30, 2012

Former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe's campaign announced some big-name additions to his team in Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial race. "As 2013 approaches, we're continuing to build a strong campaign that will be focused on job creation and common sense fiscal responsibility in Virginia," said McAuliffe in a statement noting the additions. Here's a look at team McAuliffe:

-- Pollsters Fred Yang and Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research. The release notes Yang's history of helping to elect Democratic governors in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Clients have included Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Garin has worked for Sen. Mark Warner in Virginia as well as Priorities USA Action, the PAC that supported President Obama's re-election bid.

-- Saul Shorr, Andrea Johnson and Adam Magnus of Shorr Johnson Magnus Media. The media company had a number of successful high profile clients in tough races this past cycle, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Washington Gov.-elect Jay Inslee. They also worked for Priorities USA Action.

Neither the pollster nor the media firm worked on McAuliffe's 2009 gubernatorial campaign.

-- Campaign Treasurer: Nancy Rodrigues. Rodrigues was Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary from 2007 - 2011, after almost 10 years as founding executive director of the non-profit DRIVE SMART Virginia.

McAuliffe previously announced other key members of his campaign staff, including campaign manager Robby Mook (who served as executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2012 cycle), deputy campaign manager Levar Stoney (the former executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party), and communications director Brennan Bilberry (who has worked for Priorities USA and the DCCC).

The field in Virginia's gubernatorial race appears to be set already, with McAuliffe getting in shortly after the November 6 elections and Warner passing on a bid earlier this month. On the GOP side, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced this week he would stop his campaign against Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli for the GOP nomination (though his exit hasn't been smooth for the GOP: Bolling has not endorsed the AG and said Thursday he has no "current intentions" to enter the race as an independent candidate).

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