Virginia Gubernatorial Primary Shaping Up To Reflect National Mood

The lieutenant governor is expected to attend the event with some of his biggest state backers, backdropped in the bar by a makeshift display of Virginia and American flags. Jill Vogel of Fauquier County against 17th District State Sen.

Perhaps the most well-traveled candidate in the race is Delegate Glenn Davis.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: It was a busy final weekend before primary day at Democratic candidate Ralph Northam's campaign office in Arlington in voter-rich northern Virginia.

"On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie is the undisputed king of campaign cash, having "$2.4 million on hand after raising $1.1 million in the most recent reporting period", according to the RT-D. She said she was leaning toward voting for Northam in the Democratic primary but liked what she heard from Perriello at his town hall last week in Leesburg. Virginia is one of two states electing governors this year.

The winners in this contest and in the other races will face off in the November general election.

For example, if you vote in the Democratic primary in South Richmond, you'll vote for Democratic candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Sheriff, and Treasurer.

Establishment Democrats firmly believe that Northam would be a far stronger candidate in November against any of the GOP candidates. Bryce Reeves, R-17th, and Virginia Beach Del.

It's typically tough to unseat an incumbent. On Tuesday, there will be 27 primary races, though candidates in two districts have dropped out since the ballots were printed.

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Toscano had an enormous fundraising advantage over Mittiga, a teacher and climate change researcher at the University of Virginia.

"It's the first big election since Trump got elected", Perriello said. He criticized Toscano for accepting money from Dominion Energy and for not flatly opposing two proposed natural gas pipelines. And even though the man he once supported in the presidential race is endorsing Perriello, he said he's still lining up behind Northam, citing his experience as lieutenant governor, his military service and his career as a pediatric neurologist. It's often a stepping stone to higher office.

A victory for Northam would be an affirmation of the power of Democratic establishment that's backed him, including Sens. It was 320,000 in the last Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2009. In the General Assembly, Loudoun sends a split delegation between Republicans and Democrats. Bob Marshall, a long-serving ultraconservative who sponsored this year's failed North Carolina-style bathroom bill that generally would have prohibited individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings. "I don't like the direction that he's taking this country", Northam later told NPR. The dates the polls were taken, as well as the margin of error wasn't published, but due to the online method in which the study was conducted, a standard margin of error isn't applicable. He has made an organized opposition to Trump a centerpiece of his campaign and has called for Virginia to be a firewall as well as a turning point to combat the president's policies.

On the Republican side, frontrunner Ed Gillespie, a moderate Washington insider, is trying to fend off under-funded but spirited campaigns from avid Trump supporter Corey Stewart and state Sen. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. can vote.

Authorities say Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge was evacuated. McAuliffe is barred by state law from seeking a second consecutive term, but the election of Northam would be a mark of affirmation of his record.

The off-year-elections beat marches on today with gubernatorial primaries in Virginia.

That could be a problem for Periello, whose profile is less that of state politician than megaphone for the Trump-era angst of the national party.

Polls open at 6 a.m.

  • Rita Burton