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    In early stages, Election 2013 taking shape

    Virginia is not the place to be for voters craving a year off from high-profile elections. With the races of 2012 behind us, attention shifts to the 2013 elections for top statewide offices in the commonwealth.

    Last week, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) announced his exit from next year’s governor’s race, presumably paving the way for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to secure his party’s nomination.

    Yet while Republicans may be spared infighting for the top of the ticket, that may not be the case in the race for the state’s second-in-command. Seven candidates will seek the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, compared with two for the Democrats.

    The race to succeed Cuccinelli as the state’s top attorney currently features state Sen. Mark Herring (D) of Loudoun as the favorite to take his party’s nomination. On the right, two veteran elected officials are battling for the GOP nomination for attorney general.

    Here’s a current list of candidates in the running for the 2013 races of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

    Governor

    Republican
    Ken Cuccinelli – Cuccinelli played spoiler to the 2009 handshake deal made between Bolling and Gov. Bob McDonnell that was supposed to lead to Bolling’s nomination in 2013. Cuccinelli, a former state senator and the favorite candidate of conservative Tea Partiers, has made headlines during his term for his lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and his skepticism of climate change.

    Tareq Salahi – The White House party crasher, former vintner and controversial quasi-philanthropist appears to be serious in his bid to become the state’s CEO.

    Democrat
    Terry McAuliffe – A former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, McAuliffe was a candidate in 2009 before losing his party’s nomination to state Sen. Craig Deeds. McAuliffe is well-known among state Democrats and has strong ties to presidents Obama and Clinton.


    Lieutenant Governor

    Republican
    Steve Martin – Serving in either the state’s House of Delegates or Senate since 1988, Martin currently represents parts of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights outside of Richmond in the state Senate.

    Scott Lingamfelter – A former U.S. Army Colonel, the Woodbridge resident has served in the House of Delegates since 2002.

    Jeannemarie Devolites Davis – Davis formerly served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and is married to former Congressman Tom Davis. She also served as the governor-appointed director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington D.C.

    Corey Stewart – An attorney, Stewart has served as chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors since 2007.

    Susan Stimpson – A former state budget analyst, Stimpson holds the top post on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and was previously chair of the county’s GOP committee.

    Earl “E.W.” Jackson – A pastor, businessman and conservative activists, Jackson is coming off a primary bid for one of Virginia’s U.S. Senate seats. Jackson lost his party’s primary to former governor and Sen. George Allen.

    Pete Snyder – A Northern Virginia entrepreneur, Snyder served this year as the chairman of Virginia Victory Campaign, the statewide organization for GOP nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates.

    Democrat
    Aneesh Chopra – The Northern Virginia resident was the first U.S. federal chief technology officer and Virginia’s fourth secretary of technology.

    Ralph Northam – A pediatric neurologist from the Norfolk area, Northam has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2008.


    Attorney General

    Republican
    Mark Obenshain – The Harrisonburg-area lawyer is one of the leading Republican voices in the state Senate.

    Rob Bell – Also a lawyer, Bell has represented a Piedmont-region district in the House of Delegates since 2002.

    Democrat
    Mark Herring – The state senator from Loudoun and attorney remains the favorite to earn his party’s nomination. Herring has garnered the endorsement of numerous top Democrats in the state, including some who were considering running for the post themselves.

    Justin Fairfax – A former federal prosecutor, Fairfax is making his first bid for statewide office.

    Comments

    SkidRow

    You are delusional with your assessment of blue voting on large elections. First most of Loudoun (R)s are not right win nut jobs like Cuccinelli with the exception of Delgaudio. No one in Ashburn would vote for that tool.

    Also since our state representatives are 50/50 you are clearly talking out your rear.


    Best chance of winning election.
    Cuccinelli-Stewart-Bell

    Lingamfelter,Devolites-Davis,Snyder,Martin,Obenshain-Old boy network,party establishment.Everything wrong with the Republican party all wrapped up in one package.This group believes that they are entitled to the position as Lt Governor.

    Stimpson-Says all the right things,looks good, but no substance.Novice and not ready for prime time. She was appointed to her chairmanship on the Stafford board not elected to the position as Chairmen Corey Stewart was by the citizens of PWC.

    E.Jackson-Like Snyder no elected office experience. Sounds good on the campaign trail,but not ready for the number two position in Va State government


    @skidrow, not a supporter of Tareq however at least you know it’s bullshi!, the others are corrupt wannabes.


    The GOP has learned that Democrats only win big during high profile Presidential Elections. How else could Loudoun which voted Blue in 2012 have elected an All Republican Board in 2011?

    In 2013, Democrats will be home watching Oprah and Republicans will sweep the statewide elections again.


    You could make the case that the GOP learns very little from those election experiments they participate in.


    Tareq Salahi needs to get off the drugs. Nobody is electing him to anything. Terry McAuliffe is so much of a leftist, he couldn’t even win the DNC nomination in the last run for the office. Which means he won’t get much support statewide from his base.

    Cuccinelli - Stimpson - Obenshain


    Looking forward to Gov Cuccinelli and LG Jackson.

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