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Teachers union launching ads for McAuliffe in Virginia

The National Education Association (NEA) is going up with a series of ads in Virginia's gubernatorial race aimed at boosting Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

The first ad, set to run in most of Virginia, except the Washington, D.C., market, features a teacher touting McAuliffe's experience, with a second "hard-hitting contrast ad" set to launch later this week attacking his opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's plan.

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"Terry McAuliffe knows that a one size fits all approach to education just doesn't work. He's focused on creating outstanding schools with smaller class sizes and less standardized testing so our teachers can help each child learn," says a teacher in the first ad. "Terry McAuliffe is dedicated to a great education for every Virginia child."

The Republican Party of Virginia also debuted a web video touting Cuccinelli's education views on Monday.

McAuliffe and Cuccinelli are locked in a close race, though most polls show McAuliffe has a slight edge. The NEA has bought airtime for the next month to help keep him ahead in the race.

This post was updated at 1:10 p.m.