Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is surrounded by media in Richmond, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

So into this already-crowded race comes another idea: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Someone, it’s unclear who, has started an online petition campaign — — to lure the popular Republican governor into the race.

The Web site, which launched last month, includes biographical information about McDonnell and encourages visitors to sign up to receive Tweets.

“We Don’t Have to Settle. . .Bob McDonnell has a strong conservative record, and he can win the general election. Sign the petition to encourage him to run today!” the site says.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to comment on the petition campaign. No one from the Web site immediately responded to an e-mail request for comment.

McDonnell was elected in 2009 as part of a Republican sweep in Virginia, along with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

McDonnell, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has been mentioned as a possible choice for vice president. He has said he might not make an endorsement in the presidential race, but that he prefers a governor as the nominee.

But Virginia’s presidential ballot won’t leave McDonnell with much of a choice — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) were the only two Republicans to make the primary ballot in the increasingly important swing state.