By Cameron Joseph - 09/10/13 10:00 AM EDT
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.
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.