Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will headline a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Phil Bryant (R).

Bryant, the state’s lieutenant governor, will face Democrat Johnny DuPree in November.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the event in Jackson on Thursday.

Two other states hold gubernatorial contests this year --
Kentucky and Louisiana. West Virginia elected a Democratic governor earlier this month during a special election after a hard-fought race.