Virginia Democrats vying to be face of Trump resistance

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Virginia doesn't allow same-day registration.

No matter what happens on Tuesday, national political prognosticators are going to attempt to draw a grand conclusion on what the result tells us about American voters in the era of Trump.

As the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported last week, "Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had almost twice as much money in the bank as former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello in early June as the two Democratic candidates for governor entered the closing days of a tight primary".

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has cast his ballot in Virginia's primary. As a son of Irish immigrants, Gillespie says he was taught to work hard and establish sought-after communal values at a very young age.

The two candidates share positions on most issues, with both saying they will maintain abortion rights and backing more than doubling the minimum wage to US$15 a hour.

The GOP primary is thought by most observers to be a less competitive affair, with former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie - who became a national GOP rock star in 2014 by very almost upsetting Senator Mark Warner - dominating fundraising and endorsements against fiery Trumpite county supervisor chairman Corey Stewart and Hampton Roads legislator Frank Wagner. Bernie Sanders and his political organization, "Our Revolution", along with a laundry list of former aides to President Barack Obama. Wagner has emphasized his experience as a businessman, military veteran and longtime lawmaker. Gillespie ran largely on pocketbook issues, like lowering the state income tax rate, but kept Trump at arm's length.

Stewart is an ardent supporter of Trump and was a former state campaign chairman for the president's campaign a year ago.

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"We didn't see that from others who were in the race at the time or since". Jill Vogel, R-27th, led the fund-raising race over opponents Sen. Glenn R. Davis Jr. of Virginia Beach. Observers initially expected it to be an easy win for Gillespie, who polled in a double-digit lead.

Attorney General Mark Herring is unopposed in the Democratic primary, as is Republican John Adams, a Richmond attorney.

One you're in the booth, you'll choose which of the candidates you would like to represent the Democratic or Republican Party in the race for Governor or Lt. Governor of Virginia. He was special adviser to the prosecution of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and served as special envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo under the Obama administration.

Yet the GOP holds 66 seats in the state's 100 seat House of Delegates. The Democratic party needs to flip 17 districts in order to control the chamber. Bob Marshall, a long-serving ultraconservative who sponsored this year's failed North Carolina-style bathroom bill that generally would have prohibited individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings. Frank Wagner was at 14 percent.

It's typically tough to unseat an incumbent.

Party officials, and many Democratic voters, say that whoever wins, the emphasis should be on defeating the GOP nominee this November, with the goal of delivering a shock to the White House. It is the kind of ad that could compel a Democrat who normally only participates in presidential contests to make the effort to vote in Tuesday's primary.

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