Ralph Northam Wins Virginia's Democratic Primary for Governor

Ralph Northam Wins Virginia's Democratic Primary for Governor

The ad opens up with Former President Barack Obama, even though Obama himself has not actually endorsed Perriello's campaign - or any campaign in the Virginia Gubernatorial primaries. Both candidates have pledged fierce opposition to Trump and his policies.

Candidates for lieutenant governor are: 84th District Delegate Glenn R. Davis (R), former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax (D), political consultant Susan Platt (D), 17th District Senator Bryce E. Reeves (R), Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi (D), and 27th District Senator Jill H. Vogel (R). Virginia is one of only two states electing new governors this year, and the contest could serve as a preview to 2018's midterm elections.

Polls open at 6 a.m.in many locations, and will be open until 7 p.m.

The GOP primary is thought by most observers to be a less competitive affair, with former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie - who became a national GOP rock star in 2014 by very almost upsetting Senator Mark Warner - dominating fundraising and endorsements against fiery Trumpite county supervisor chairman Corey Stewart and Hampton Roads legislator Frank Wagner.

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.

By far, the most closely watched races will be between the five candidates running to be Virginia's next governor.

"Look, a lot of Virginians voted for President Trump. Warren and Bernie support, I'm all for", Butler said. Democrats can only hope to ward off an outcome that they hate. That level of enthusiasm bodes well for the Democrats in Virginia to hold on to the governorship. New Jersey is the only other state holding a gubernatorial contest this year. She's said her top priorities would be creating jobs and making Virginia more economically competitive.

Perriello is outright rejecting the support of one of the most powerful political entities in Virginia, the state's public utility, Dominion Energy.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam won the Democrats' primary for Governor on Tuesday, but the contest to be his ticket-mate remains up in the air. His aspiration is to grant equal opportunities for all candidates by banning the use of personal campaign funds, livestreaming many statewide meetings and establishing a process for accepting gifts, although his ultimate goal is to ban receiving gifts because he believes that this will help the government establish full disclosure and integrity.

I first found out about Tom Perriello nearly a decade ago, during the debate over healthcare reform.

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Perriello had the backing of Vermont Sen.

Ultimately every election is about turnout, who can mobilize their voters to the polls, and who has a hard time getting out the vote.

Northam, a well-liked pediatric neurologist, had a head start on the trail and in money raised.

A win for Perriello could have national consequences.

A victory for Northam would be an affirmation of the power of Democratic establishment that's backed him, including Sens.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine campaign for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for governor during a canvass kickoff on Saturday in Arlington, Va.

Gillespie, a moderate Republican and former lobbyist, has largely tried to avoid discussing Trump or social issues. Gillespie and Stewart say they want to cut the state's income tax rates.

Stewart has run a controversial campaign, pledging to fight the removal of Virginia's Confederate memorials and to crackdown on illegal immigration, and pledging his loyalty to Trump and his policies.

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

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