A much-awaited primary election day has arrived, and by the time the polls close at 7 p.m., a Loudoun state senator could be a Democratic nominee for statewide office and Republicans in the 33rd House of Delegates District may have a new nominee for the first time in two decades.
Today's election will finalize the Democratic Party of Virginia's statewide ticket. Unchallenged, Northern Virginia businessman and politician Terry McAulliffe has been certified as the gubernatorial nominee.
In the Democrats' lieutenant governor's race, state Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk, a doctor, is facing Aneesh Chopra, who previously served as the nation's first chief technology officer and a former secretary of technology in Virginia.
For the Dems' attorney general nomination, state Sen. Mark Herring, of Loudoun, is squaring off against former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax, of Annandale.
Two Fairfax County Democrats are vying for a chance to unseat the six-term Republican Del. Tom Rust, with Jennifer Boysko, a former aide to Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), facing defense contractor Herb Kemp in an 86th District primary.
Locally, only western Loudoun voters will have a chance to cast a GOP ballot. Two-decade Republican incumbent state Del. Joe May is facing a primary challenge from Hamilton's Dave LaRock in the 33rd district composed predominantly of western Loudoun County.
Virginia holds open-party primaries, meaning voters can cast ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race, but not both.
Republicans already nominated their statewide candidates through an activist-led convention in May. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the right's nominee for governor, while E.W. Jackson won the lieutenant governor's nod and state Sen. Mark Obenshain earned the attorney general bid.
Voters can locate their polling locations here or here.