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Revision as of 11:50, 23 September 2013

April 10, 2013


By Maresa Strano

RICHMOND, Virginia: Heading into the 2013 election, all three state executive offices up for election this year in Virginia are occupied by Republicans, and none are seeking re-election to their current posts. Term-limited Governor Bob McDonnell cannot run, and Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli is vying to replace to him. Cuccinelli secured the GOP nomination for governor, being the only member of his party to file for the chief executive post.[1]

Lieutenant governor Bill Bolling (R) had also been in the race, but he suspended his campaign on November 28, 2012, citing his slim chances beating Cuccinelli, the tea party favorite, in the newly instated closed primary convention setting. The Republican party of Virginia switched their method for selecting certain statewide office nominees.[2] Effective in 2013, the party nominates its gubernatorial, lt. gubernatorial, and attorney general candidates via convention (that is, delegate vote) rather than statewide primary election. Although Bolling was explicit about ending his pursuit of a place on the Republican ticket last November, he waited until March 12, 2013 before completely ruling out the possibility of running as an Independent candidate instead.[3]

McDonnell had previously pledged his support for Bolling's candidacy- in part because Bolling refrained from challenging McDonnell for governor in 2009. After Bolling bowed out, McDonnell chose to endorse fellow Republican Cuccinelli for his successor, despite Cuccinelli's outspoken opposition to McDonnell's Transportation Initiative, which is considered to be the centerpiece of his gubernatorial legacy. Meanwhile, Cuccinelli's future general election opponent, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, has been equally outspoken on the issue, but as an advocate and defender of the outgoing governor's approach to amending the state's transportation funding policy. [4][5][6]

Like Cuccinelli, McAuliffe faces no primary contest. The two contenders will square off in the general election on November 5, 2013.[7]

Seven Republican candidates filed for Bolling’s lt. governor seat, while two entered the race to replace Cuccinelli as attorney general by the Jan. 13 GOP convention filing deadline. On Mar. 28, the signature filing window came to a close for Democratic primary candidates seeking their party’s nomination for governor, lt. governor, and attorney general. Democratic primary candidates will compete in the taxpayer funded primary election on June 11, while the Republican nominee will be voted on by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 18. The following list of candidates for both the Republican primary convention and the Democratic primary election is official as April 10, 2013. [8]

Governor candidates:

Democratic Party Terry McAuliffe
Republican Party Ken Cuccinelli

McAuliffe Campaign Website
Cuccinelli Campaign Website

Lieutenant Governor candidates:

Democratic Party Aneesh Chopra
Democratic Party Ralph Northam

Republican Party Pete Snyder
Republican Party Corey Stewart
Republican Party Steve Martin
Republican Party Jeannemarie Devolites Davis
Republican Party Susan Stimpson
Republican Party E.W. Jackson
Republican Party Scott Lingamfelter

Chopra - Campaign website
Northam - Campaign website
Snyder - Campaign website
Stewart - Campaign website
Martin - Campaign website
Devolites Davis - Campaign website
Stimpson - Campaign website
Jackson - Campaign website
Lingamfelter - Campaign website

Attorney General candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Herring
Democratic Party Justin Fairfax
Republican Party Rob Bell
Republican Party Mark Obenshain

Herring - Campaign Website
Fairfax - Campaign Website
Bell - Campaign Website
Obenshain - Campaign Website

See also

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