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Democratic Senate candidate Julien Modica filed a lawsuit in federal court to try to get into the debate, but his suit was tossed out on Friday. Republican candidates Jamie Radtke and Tim Donner also have criticized the requirements.

In addition to the aforementioned candidates, Hampton Roads lawyer David McCormick and Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson also are running for the Republican nomination. Fairfax consultant Courtney Lynch is the third candidate running on the Democratic side.