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      McDonnell, in GOP veep chase, airs sunny pro-Virginia ad

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After a bruising legislative session that saw him targeted by television comedians, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is touting his record and burnishing his image as a vice-presidential prospect with a new television ad.

      McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia, is spending about $400,000 to broadcast the 30-second ad in markets statewide for 10 days starting Wednesday. No state money is going into the commercial.

      The sunny commercial debuts as Republican Mitt Romney's lead in the GOP delegate count makes him the party's presumptive presidential nominee. It features eight business figures putting the best face on Virginia's three-year low 5.6 percent unemployment rate, favorable pro-business rankings, agricultural exports and recovering state finances.