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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine campaign for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for governor during a canvass kickoff on Saturday in Arlington Va View Slideshow
Rickey Rodriguez | 14 June, 2017, 04:50

Besides loads of state legislators, the incumbent Gov. Terry McAuliffe and two former governors who are now the state's two US senators - Mark Warner and Tim Kaine - are in his corner. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is banking on a cerebral appeal, saying he'll also stand up to Trump but will work with state Republicans to move a progressive agenda forward. Gov. Ralph Northam, is pitching himself as an.

On the GOP side, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is seen as the front runner over Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart and long-time state Sen.

Democrats and Republicans will conduct simultaneous primary elections June 13 to pick their candidates for the November general election. For comparison purposes, turnout in 2009, the last VA Dem gubernatorial primary, was 319,168. Although we traditionally have endorsed Republicans for president (2016 proved a notable exception when we picked Libertarian Gary Johnson, a choice we do not regret) and for statewide offices, we are not a party organ.

Instead, he's focused his attention on economic matters, and proposed cut to the state income tax as his campaign centerpiece.

The former congressman from Charlottesville made his anti-Trump message a priority early on, and he told NPR that was a big reason why he chose to get in the contest. And that could be the importance of this race for Democrats at the state level.

Climate Hawks Vote took this step - the group's first-ever endorsement in a state race - only after first surveying its Virginia members. Stewart would have had a much better chance of winning his party's nomination if the Virginia GOP had chose to have a party convention rather than a primary.

"I'm really upset with the way our political process is going, and I want to try to make it right", Richard Berdel said. "And so I think it's fair to refer to him as a narcissist, because that's what he is".

Waiting in line for canvassing materials with his wife, Seth McDaniel said he resented the idea that national figures backing Perriello, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and bankrolled by Democratic super donors George Soros and Donald Sussman.

Voters are heading to the polls throughout Virginia to nominate candidates to be on the November ballot for governor and lieutenant governor. Five have had Perriello ahead, and two have had Northam up.

Perriello is outright rejecting the support of one of the most powerful political entities in Virginia, the state's public utility, Dominion Energy. Perriello, a strong Barack Obama supporter whose 2010 defeat may have been at least partly due to supporting Obamacare, has said he was wrong in breaking with liberal orthodoxy to vote to limit abortion coverage in private health plans. Bob McDonnell. He served as counselor to President Bush during Bush's second term of office, co-founded a bipartisan lobbying firm and in 2014 narrowly lost a bid for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.

Perriello says that his skills as peace negotiator, serving as president Obama's special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, makes him uniquely suited to listen to people and bring them together in what he calls a "Bobby Kennedy style coalition". Stewart has tried to overcome his campaign's financial disadvantage by continually courting controversy, notably with a full-throated defense of Virginia's Confederate history and monuments.

Wagner, meanwhile, touted his experience as a veteran lawmaker who can fix the state's congested highways.

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