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CPAC snubs another popular Republican governor

CPAC is taking sides in Virginia.

Bob McDonnell, the popular Republican governor of the state, was not invited to speak this year, the Washington Postreports, "according to someone close to CPAC who was not authorized to speak publicly." However, his ultra-conservative attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, is scheduled to open the conference.

This puts McDonnell in the company of another popular Republican governor -- Chris Christie of New Jersey -- who was also snubbed after ticking off conservatives by calling out House Republicans who blocked Hurricane Sandy aid. McDonnell, similarly, got flak from the right for supporting a transportation package that raised taxes.

Cuccinelli's run for governor has exposed a sharp rift between his conservative backers in the state, and more moderate Republicans who are considering supporting a third-party candidate instead. The National Journal reported last week:

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