Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures during a news conference with Lt. Gov Bill Bolling, left. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

But we are starting to see some signs already.

McDonnell (R) attended two fundraisers for Bolling (R) — one at the The Palm restaurant in McLean on Wednesday and another at Burton’s Grill in Virginia Beach on Thursday.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) shook up the race when he announced last week that he would run for governor, setting up a potentially contentious and expensive primary fight with Bolling.

Three years ago, Bolling and McDonnell, then attorney general, made a deal: McDonnell would run unopposed for the GOP nomination for governor, and four years later, McDonnell would back Bolling for the state’s top job. After Cuccinelli jumped in, McDonnell reiterated his support.

Bolling has embarked on a statewide tour of Virginia, holding fundraisers in Newport News, Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Abingdon, Norfolk and Richmond before the General Assembly session begins next month.

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