By the time Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) arrives in the capital of Virginia next month to headline a fundraiser to benefit the state Democratic party, he probably will have talked about the 2008 White House run he is organizing.
Obama will speaking Feb. 17 at the Democratic Party of Virginia annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Virginia has a relatively early presidential primary--Feb. 12, 2008. If the results from the January primary states--Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina did not yield a candidate with a lock on the nomination, Virginia could play a role. Obama, swamped with invitations to speak, can easily justify a Virignia stop on his calendar.
Obama kenoted the West Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in September.
Obama campaigned for Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine when he was running in 2005 and for Democratic freshman Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who defeated former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) in November.