Northam Wins Virginia Democratic Primary For Governor As GOP Race Remains Tight

Poll 67% believe Democrats are out of touch

The former congressman from Charlottesville made his anti-Trump message a priority early on, and he told NPR that was a big reason why he chose to get in the contest.

At the outset of the campaign, Perriello drew headlines for his full-throated assault on Trump, an apparent effort to nationalize the race and coalesce the growing resistance to the incoming administration's controversial agenda.

In our area, the only offices you'll be casting a primary ballot for are governor and lieutenant governor. Perriello announced early on that he would not accept donations from the influential company.

Northam and Perriello have both promised to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour. "I don't like the direction that he's taking this country", Northam later told NPR. "I will not campaign for him". He says all those miles have given him a broader understanding of the state and what he says should be the singular focus of the next lieutenant governor - jobs.

"I think he has the ability to move Virginia forward like McAuliffe has", the 80-year-old said.

The most crowded GOP primary is a six-way contest for outgoing Del.

"I'm so hopeful that this state of Virginia shows up and sends a big message for all Americans" against Trump, said Barbara Jones, 58, an independent undecided voter.

Northam is a more traditional candidate who stresses his pragmatic approach and ability to work with Republicans. At the federal level, the difference between the Obama administration and the Trump administration is enormous, even if Obama spent most of his time in office with a Republican House of Representatives.

The president certainly won't be a plus for whomever the GOP nominates this fall.

There's still time to vote in Virginia's primary election.

"The candidates are test-running a blue-on-blue game plan that might pave the way for future candidates heading into the 2018 midterms and even the 2020 election."

Stewart first gained fame a decade ago by launching a crackdown on illegal immigration in Prince William County. In November, he will face one of three Republican members of the General Assembly who are vying for their party's nomination. Frank W. Wagner is at 10 percent, according to the Washington Post. But lobbyist and former former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie, the party's 2014 nominee for US Senate, held on by the narrowest of margins. The Minnesota native also is running on a theme of preserving Southern heritage, making multiple statements opposing the removal of Confederate monuments. The same poll had Gillespie with a 20-point lead over Stewart and a 23-point lead over Wagner. Ultimately, he hasn't fully embraced or rebuked the president.

Here's a look at the issues and priorities that each candidate have articulated during the campaign. "I voted for Democratic presidential candidates". "There is a lot of pain there and a lot of potential", said Perriello.

Of course, that doesn't mean that voting in the Virginia gubernatorial election is futile.

Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser for the Romney Campaign, speaks to the crowd on stage during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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