Virginia Primary Round Up

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Democrats nominated Norfolk doctor and state Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor in a statewide primary that saw two senior Republican delegates ousted by conservative challengers.
Northam took nearly 55 percent of the vote over former White House and Virginia technology chief Aneesh Chopra in a statewide primary Tuesday where less than 3 percent of the state's 5.2 million registered voters cast ballots.
Northam now faces Republican E.W. Jackson of Chesapeake in the Nov. 5 election.
In the only other statewide race, state Sen. Mark Herring defeated first-time candidate Justin Fairfax in the Democratic attorney general primary with nearly 52 percent of the vote.
Senior Republican Dels. Joe May and Beverly Sherwood lost to conservative challengers, while House Speaker Bill Howell easily defeated a Republican rival.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – State Sen. Mark Herring has won the Democratic nomination for Virginia attorney general over political newcomer Justin Fairfax.
The 51-year-old Herring captured nearly 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's statewide primary. He now takes on a fellow state senator, Republican Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, in the Nov. 5 election.
Herring took his state Senate seat from Loudoun County in 2006 and was re-elected two years ago by nine percentage points over Republican Patricia Phillips. He was a member of the county's board of supervisors before being elected to the Senate. He is the principal attorney in his own law firm in Leesburg.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Del. Beverly Sherwood has lost her bid for re-election to an 11th term to a conservative challenger in the Republican primary.
Mark J. Berg won 51.2 percent of the vote on Tuesday to defeat the 66-year-old Sherwood.
She was the second senior Republican House member to lose to a conservative challenger in Tuesday's legislative primaries. Del. Joe May lost to challenger Dave LaRock.
Both delegates had supported this year's landmark transportation reform bill. The issue divided Republicans. Some hailed it as a necessity to jumpstart Virginia's moribund highway construction program and alleviate traffic gridlock in the state's economic engines of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Republican conservatives called it the largest tax increase in Virginia history.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Senior Republican Del. Joe May has lost his bid for an 11th term to a conservative primary challenger with tea party support
The 76-year-old inventor is one of the General Assembly's wealthiest members and serves as chairman of the transportation committee.
May took about 40 percent of the vote in his affluent district in Washington, D.C.'s exurbs during Tuesday's primary.
Challenger David LaRock said he decided to target May's nomination because of his support for the $1.4 billion transportation funding reform bill that passed this year and takes effect next month.
The issue split Virginia Republicans with conservatives denouncing it as the largest tax increase in Virginia history and supporters defending it as a step necessary to preserve economic growth in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.



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