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The Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election will be held on November 5, 2013 following a Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and a Republican statewide convention on May 17-18, 2013.

Race background

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R) did not seek re-election in 2013. Nine candidates filed to fill the imminently-open executive seat, including two Democrats and seven Republicans. State Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Aneesh Chopra for the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 11 primary election.[1] Northam's general election opponent was Republican E.W. Jackson. Jackson was nominated by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 17-18.[2] Northam and Jackson faced off in the Nov. 5, 2013 general election, and Northam won by a margin of over 10 percentage points.[3]

When Virginia voters elected Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, as its 66th Governor in 1989, it was the first time an African-American was elected to the office in the nation's history.[4] Given the state's heritage of trailblazing, it is notable that until Jackson's convention victory, Virginia Republicans had not nominated an African-American for any statewide office since backing Maurice Dawkins' a quarter of a century ago.[5]

A minister at a non-denominational church and relatively new member of the Republican Party, Jackson edged out six primary opponents by emphasizing his commitment to hallmark conservative issues such as smaller government, gun rights and traditional family values. He appealed to the delegation with the promise, "We will not only win an election in November, we will open the hearts and minds of our people and save this commonwealth and save this country."[6]

Regardless of his post-convention promise, Jackson was an unwelcome choice for the state's Republican establishment from the start, thanks to his refusal to divert from, or soften the rhetoric of, his "liberty agenda." The agenda contained the issues mentioned above, none of which were earth-shattering stances for a conservative; Jackson was anti-Obamacare, pro-Second Amendment and anti-federal overreach. His approach to delivering these messages, however, rose more concerns - as well as eyebrows - from the party than was originally anticipated. In August, Jackson referred to the Democratic Party as the "anti-God party" because of its supportive position on same-sex marriage and abortion, cementing his reputation for being impermeable to warnings about how his often inflammatory rhetoric might alienate swing voters or more moderate Republican voters heading into the general election. Then on Sept. 4, The Washington Post reported that his independent streak also extended to his behind the scenes campaign style. After securing the nomination in May, Jackson had not taken advantage of the Virginia Republican Party's massive pool of campaign resources. He declined offers to utilize the party's voter databases and related logistical tools in addition to field office venues across the state- a "virtually unheard-of forfeiture of resources for a statewide candidate."[7]

On the Democratic end, Northam, a pediatric neurologist who was first elected to the state legislature's upper chamber in 2008, wanted to win the lt. governor's office in order to restore Democratic control over the state senate. His campaign focused on improving education and creating jobs in energy efficiency, in addition to reversing the direction the Republican leadership had taken the state on women's health issues. "Their crusades to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients."[8][9]

The final campaign finance reporting cycle prior to the general election showed Northam maintaining an ample fundraising lead over Jackson, adding to the consistent edge he had shown in the polls. Jackson's remarkable refusal to accept assistance from the Republican Party had no doubt hindered him from overtaking Northam in money and/or voter support. His proven difficulties adhering to the state board of elections' filing protocols, having twice needed to amend his documentation of loans or donations, likewise boded unfavorably for the GOP nominee heading into the home stretch of what was an ultimately unsuccessful campaign.[10][11]


Deadline Event
March 28 Last day to file candidacy for primary election
May 17-18 Republican primary convention
May 20 Voter registration deadline for primary election
June 11 Primary election, last day for non-party candidates to file candidacy
June 17 Last day for Independent candidates to file for general election
Oct. 15 Voter registration deadline for general election
Nov. 5 General election

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Democratic primary election

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Northam 54.2% 78,337
Aneesh Chopra 45.8% 66,098
Total Votes 144,435
Election Results Via:Virginia State Board of Elections.


General election

Coming November 5, 2013

General election



Democratic primary

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia - 2013 Democratic Primary Race
Poll Aneesh Chopra Ralph NorthamUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
27%18%54%+/-5.5322
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Hypothetical general election match-ups

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia - 2013 Hypothetical General Election Match-up
Poll Aneesh Chopra (D) E.W. Jackson (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
36%29%35%+/-3.8672
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia - 2013 Hypothetical General Election Match-up
Poll Ralph Northam (D) E.W. Jackson (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
35%29%36%+/-3.8672
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The Virginia State Board of Elections administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.

For the primary election:

  • First Pre-Primary -- due by June 3
  • 8-Day Pre-Primary report -- due by June 3, 2013
  • Post-Primary report -- due by July 15, 2013

For the general election:

  • First Pre-General report -- due by October 15, 2013
  • 8-Day Pre-General report -- due by October 28, 2013
  • Post-General report -- due by December 5, 2013

See also

External links

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Campaign Websites:

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

References

  1. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  2. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  3. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Statewide Unofficial Results," accessed November 6, 2013
  4. Encyclopedia Virginia, “L. Douglas Wilder (1931- ), accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Afro.com, "Virginia GOP Nominates Conservative Black Minister for Lt. Gov.," May 19, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "Virginia GOP picks staunch conservatives as statewide candidates," May 18, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Jackson keeps GOP establishment at arm's length in Va. lieutenant governor campaign," September 4, 2013
  8. Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed March 20, 2013
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named demprim
  10. The Washington Post, "McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli in fundraising race for Virginia governor," September 17, 2013
  11. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "McAuliffe maintains cash edge over Cuccineli," September 17, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Aneesh Chopra to run for Virginia lieutenant governor," July 12, 2012
  13. The Washington Post, "Snyder raises $450,000 for lieutenant governor bid," January 15, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Scott Lingamfelter announces run for lieutenant governor," June 28, 2012
  15. Washington Post, "Virginia Sen. Stephen Martin plans to run for lt. governor," June 20, 2012
  16. Village News Online, "State Senator Martin decides to run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia," June 27, 2012
  17. Washington Post, "Jeannemarie Devolites-David running for lieutenant governor," September 24, 2012
  18. The Roanoke Times, "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "Ex-delegate Paula Miller considering a run for lieutenant governor," May 25, 2012