In the gubernatorial race, there are two Democrats vying for the nomination, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello, and three Republicans, Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNortham defeats Sanders-backed candidate in Va.gov primary Warren goes on tweetstorm over Sessions testimony: "He should resign" Mattis on Qatar crisis: Russian Federation "trying to break" world alliances MORE (D-Mass.), another progressive stalwart.
The three-way Republican primary remains too close to call.
Northam, a low-key pediatric neurologist, won running as a pragmatist with state's Democratic establishment's firm support.
The general election is expected to be an early referendum on the president and a preview of what the 2018 midterm elections will look like. "I think we have seen a lot of folks moving towards the left", says Fury.
Perriello joined the race as resistance to the Trump agenda began to boom, and promised on the stump to make Virginia a bulwark against it. Now the most interesting cleavage may be on the Republican side where white identity politics found traction in Virginia and may in other states.
Southwest Virginia voters appear to have chosen individuals who didn't ultimately win the winning nominations in the gubernatorial primaries. Polls have shown that Perriello has a slight lead in the race, but that lead may be contingent on unreliable pools of voters who usually sit primaries out. Gillespie, in comparison, has hedged on whether he supports the president or would want his help in November - a clear general election strategy for a purple state that's increasingly trended blue in statewide contests.
Associated Press reporters Ben Finley in Norfolk and Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond contributed to this report.
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Ultimately every election is about turnout, who can mobilize their voters to the polls, and who has a hard time getting out the vote.
Gillespie is deeply connected in both national and Virginia politics and has spent his career working for high-profile Republicans including presidential candidate John Kasich, former President George W. Bush and former Virginia Gov.
Polling stations are open Tuesday between 6 a.m.to 7 p.m.to determine who will take the place of the current Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who can't run for a second consecutive term under the term limit law unique to Virginia.
We expect that today may be the day that voters in Virginia wake up to the fact that there is a primary election on June 13, which is indeed tomorrow.
Campaigning for statewide office, most Democratic candidates have typically ignored the deep red Appalachian corner of the state where Trump won numerous counties by 70% margins.
Virginia is one of only two states electing new governors this year, and the swing-state contest is likely to draw intense national scrutiny for signs of how voters are reacting to Trump's first year in office.
I first found out about Tom Perriello nearly a decade ago, during the debate over healthcare reform. 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.