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*{{bluedot}} [[Terry McAuliffe]]
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*{{reddot}} [[E.W. Jackson]]
===Attorney General===
*{{bluedot}} [[Mark Herring]]
*{{reddot}} [[Mark Obenshain]]

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Three state executive positions will be up for election in 2013 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The general 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. [1]
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


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.

Attorney General of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring 51.7% 72,861
Justin Fairfax 48.3% 68,177
Total Votes 141,038
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.

General election

Coming November 5, 2013


General election

Lieutenant Governor

General election

Attorney General

General election

Note: Recount likely

Nominating conventions in Virginia

The candidate selection process in Virginia differs between the political parties. According to the Code of Virginia:[29]

“The duly constituted authorities of the state political party shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made. The duly constituted authorities of the political party for the district, county, city, or town in which any other office is to be filled shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for that office shall be made.”

Democratic Party

The Democratic Party in Virginia used conventions to select nominees for statewide offices between 1981 and 2001 before shifting to primaries. The Virginia Democratic Party switched to the convention format for the 1981 election cycle to moderate the party after independent candidate Henry Howell won the 1977 primary. The nominating convention proved successful for Democrats in the 1980s with the election of Chuck Robb in 1981, Gerald Baliles in 1985 and Douglas Wilder in 1989. The change back to primaries in 2001 took place because of significant losses in state elections by the Democrats in 1993 and 1997. The Democratic Party did not hold a gubernatorial primary in the 2001 and 2005 election cycles as Mark Warner and Tim Kaine ran unopposed.[30]

Republican Party

The Republican Party in Virginia has used conventions to select nominees for statewide offices for much of its history. Republicans have only used primaries to nominate candidates in 1949, 1989, 1997 and 2005.[30] The convention process used in most elections draws from delegates selected by Republicans during municipal and county conventions. The number of delegates per county depends on the strength of the Republican Party in past elections.[31]

Delegates cast their votes on separate ballots for each statewide office. Any candidates who are uncontested automatically receive the party’s nomination. Contested races start with a ballot to determine if a candidate can surpass the 50% threshold. A candidate who wins more than 50% of first-round ballots receives the nomination for that office. If the first round of ballots does not clear this threshold, the two candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated. The balloting process cuts candidates in each round until three candidates remain. A ballot is taken to eliminate a third-place finisher and a final ballot is taken between the two remaining candidates.[32]

See also

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  1. Virginia Board of Elections, "Schedule of general elections as of May 11, 2012," retrieved June 18, 2012
  2. Washington, "Cuccinelli revved up to race McAuliffe for Virginia governor," January 4, 2012
  3. Washington, "Cuccinelli revved up to race McAuliffe for Virginia governor," January 4, 2012
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named gopnom
  5. The Washington Times, "Va. AG Cuccinelli will defy tradition, stay on job while campaigning," January 14, 2013
  6. "Robert Sarvis". Retrieved on 2013-05-18. 
  7. Libertarian Party of Virginia, "LOVA Calls Special Convention for April 21," April 4, 2013
  8. The Independent Political Report, "Robert Sarvis Receives Libertarian Party of Virginia Nomination for Governor in 2013," April 22, 2013
  9., "Gatecrasher for Governor: Tareq Salahi wants to call Virginia statehouse home," April 25, 2012
  10. News Times, "In Virginia, the top newsmakers to watch in 2013," December 23, 2012
  11. The Washington Post, "Salahi announces independent run for Va. governor," January 14, 2013
  12. Pilot Online, Va. Beach's Parmele starts write-in campaign, August 20, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Bolling says major announcement set for March 14," February 7, 2013 (dead link)
  14. Bill Bolling Lieutenant Governor, "Press release: Bolling Says No to Possible Independent Campaign for Governor," March 12, 2013
  15. The Roanoke Times, "Could Bolling run for governor as an independent?," November 28, 2102
  16. Washington, "Virginia state Sen Petersen will run for governor adviser says," April 30, 2012
  17. Blue Virginia, "Larry Sabato: Mark Warner might run for governor, could appoint his senate successor," February 8, 2012
  18. Washington Post, "Aneesh Chopra to run for Virginia lieutenant governor," July 12, 2012
  19. The Washington Post, "Snyder raises $450,000 for lieutenant governor bid," January 15, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "Scott Lingamfelter announces run for lieutenant governor," June 28, 2012
  21. Washington Post, "Virginia Sen. Stephen Martin plans to run for lt. governor," June 20, 2012
  22. Village News Online, "State Senator Martin decides to run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia," June 27, 2012
  23. Washington Post, "Jeannemarie Devolites-David running for lieutenant governor," September 24, 2012
  24. The Roanoke Times, "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013
  25. Washington Post, "Ex-delegate Paula Miller considering a run for lieutenant governor," May 25, 2012
  26. The Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012
  27. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named vulnerable
  28. Washington Post, "Del. Bell to run for Virginia attorney general," December 5, 2011
  29. Code of Virginia, “Party to determine method of nominating its candidates for office; exceptions,” Accessed June 7, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 Sabato’s Crystal Ball, “What Just Happened in Virginia?” May 20, 2013
  31. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Virginia GOP convention: Jackson wins LG nomination as Snyder withdraws," May 18, 2013
  32. Washington Times, "Chesapeake bishop surprises, wins Va. GOP lieutenant governor nomination," May 19, 2013