If Virginia Republicans get their wish, Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain will be the commonwealth's governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively, come January 2014.
Cuccinelli, currently the state's attorney general, today formally accepted the GOP nomination to be its gubernatorial candidate in November’s election.
Jackson, a pastor, businessman, attorney and political activist from Chesapeake, secured the lieutenant governor's nomination after four rounds of voting late Saturday at the party's convention in Richmond. The final ballot in the lieutenant governor's race featured Jackson and Pete Snyder, an entrepreneur and former Fox News contributor from Northern Virginia. Jackson and Snyder were the final two candidates in a field of seven for the state's second-in-command nomination.
Earlier in the day state Sen. Mark Obenshain, of Harrisonburg, won the two-man race for the Republicans' attorney general nomination. Obenshain earned the endorsement of Cuccinelli prior to the vote.
Vincent Harris, a conservative political strategist who served as the online director for Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2009 campaign, stated on Twitter the convention “nominated the most conservative ticket in a decade.”
Harris is the founder of Harris Media and the Northern Virginia-focused blog TooConservative.com, though he now operates out of Texas.
“What has happened to Virginia? When I left in 2005, [Virginia Transportation Secretary] Sean Connaughton [and former U.S. Rep.] Tom Davis were running the show,” Harris also wrote on Twitter.
Voters in Old Dominion will elect the Democratic statewide candidates in a primary June 11. Terry McAuliffe, a Northern Virginia businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is unopposed for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Aneesh Chopra, a former technology chief in the Obama administration, and state Sen. Ralph Northam (D-6th), a doctor, are vying for the Dems' lieutenant governor nomination, while state Sen. Mark Herring (D-33rd) and Annandale attorney Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, are seeking the nod for attorney general.