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Virginia GOP to hold primary to pick presidential candidate

(AP) -- The Republican Party of Virginia will choose a presidential candidate in a statewide primary open to all voters on March 1, 2016, also known as Super Tuesday.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the 42-39 vote, with one abstention, by the GOP's state central committee at a meeting here Saturday dealt a blow to the party's more conservative wing that favored a party-run convention.

However, in a compromise, the majority agreed to select the 2017 Republican slate for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at a state convention that year.

Chip Muir, chairman of the Republican Party in the city of Richmond and 3rd District representative on the state central committee, proposed the compromise featuring the 2016 primary and 2017 convention.
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