A vote for Northam would suggest Virginia Democrats aren't feeling that inclined to make a state race into a national one.Another question for Democrats: If they are inclined to make an anti-Trump vote, which candidate is really the best contrast? Perriello has earned the support of prominent national democratic leaders, but Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam retains the support of the state party apparatus. Corey Stewart, the Trump-loving chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has spent untold hours on social mediatrying to refight the Civil War and defending Nazi Twitter frogs, but his activities don't seem to be firing up primary voters or donors.
Here's a look at the issues and priorities that each candidate have articulated during the campaign. She's pitching herself as a candidate for lieutenant governor who would be able to work with Democrats in the legislature and even - possibly - a Democrat in the Executive Mansion. He said his priorities are affordable health care and education, and he has introduced a plan to make community colleges and workforce training free for what he calls "new-collar" jobs in high-demand fields like health care, cybersecurity and skilled construction trades.
But Northam has tried to set himself apart from Perriello on several fronts.
GONYEA: If Northam has the backing of the establishment in the state, Perriello is running as the outsider, one who will mobilize grassroots support.
Wagner has criticized Gillespie as being unrealistic in his proposed tax cuts, and aims to implement a gas tax increase for transportation projects.
"Politicians have to be straightforward", Northam said. The governorship is the biggest office up for grabs. Similarly, he backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, not her populist rival Bernie Sanders. But they have no recommendations so far from President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama on who to vote for.
Both parties have three way races for the office of lieutenant governor; on the Democratic side, the candidates are: former assistant United States Attorney Justin Fairfax; former assistant United States attorney Gene Rossi; and former Capitol Hill staffer and political activist Susan Platt.
At first expected to cruise to the nomination without a serious challenge, Northam countered with a broader slate of state-based support.
"All the national money and national attention will be coming this way", he said. For someone making $60,000 a year, that would mean about $400 less in state income taxes owed.
"We're beating Ed Gillespie", he said. This post is also a good launching pad for higher office: Aside from attorney general, Virginia doesn't have any other statewide elected offices besides governor and US senator. You can learn more about Gillespie here.
Corey Stewart ran Trump's campaign in Virginia for much of previous year. He's now running a similar blow-up-the-system campaign. Stewart has waged a campaign to protect Confederate monuments around the state and was the only candidate to not outright reject an alt-right rally in Charlottesville organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
Virginia-unlike New Jersey, a reliably blue state which will elect a new governor on the same day, November 8th-is big, competitive and responsive to national politics, especially in the northern part of the state, bordering Washington, DC, where nearly half of primary voters live. An worldwide trade attorney, he has vowed to protect Confederate monuments such as statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.