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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - W. Jackson
The candidates for lieutenant governor offer Virginia voters a stark choice: a socially conservative Republican opposed to abortion and a Democratic state senator and physician best known for his defense of women's reproductive rights.
National Republicans are pouring money into the campaign of Republican attorney general candidate Mark D. Obenshain, attempting to salvage at least one of the top three statewide offices they swept four years ago in Virginia.
Just as Virginia Democrats were rounding out their statewide ticket for the fall elections this week, their party standard-bearer, Terry McAuliffe, was objecting to a rule for the first scheduled gubernatorial debate that would allow the candidates to ask each other one question.
Democrats were poised to fill out their slate of statewide candidates in primary elections Tuesday ahead of a fall contest sure to draw heaps of national attention, outside money and national political tea-leaf reading.
With no contest at the top of the Virginia Democratic ballot in next Tuesday's primary, the party turns, perhaps in sorrow, to the lieutenant governor's race.
Virginia Republicans will put up an unquestionably conservative ticket in the fall elections, a prospect delighting the party's base and presenting a crystal-clear contrast with Democrats in what is likely to be the marquee election of 2013.
With a slew of candidates who many in Virginia still don't know much about, the wide open contest for the Republican nomination to be the state's next lieutenant governor may actually come down to style over substance.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II threw his support behind George Allen Wednesday after Mr. Allen's decisive victory over three challengers in Tuesday's GOP U.S. Senate primary.
Republican George Allen clinched his party's Senate nomination in Virginia on Tuesday, setting up an all-out slugfest with Democrat Tim Kaine in what will undoubtedly be one of the nation's most consequential, closely-watched, and expensive races this year.
Republican frontrunner George Allen shrugged off jabs from his U.S. Senate opponents Friday in the state party's final debate before the June 12 primary.
Former Sen. George Allen stuck to a mostly positive message of economic growth, energy independence and individual freedom Saturday, largely ignoring jabs from his GOP rivals in the first debate featuring all four Republican candidates running for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat.
All four Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidates will square off Saturday afternoon in Roanoke in the first of three debates organized by the state party — none of which are being televised or held at times that will likely draw significant attention from either the media or the electorate.
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine raised more than $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, outpacing his Republican rival, George Allen, who raised just over $1.4 million.
Maryland state Sen. David R. Brinkley probably won't topple incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in Tuesday's Republican congressional primary, but his campaign sure is going down swinging.
Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson submitted more than 11,000 petition signatures before a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to get on the June 12 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate.
Mr. Jackson said he has three objectives: creating jobs to ensure everyone has an opportunity to work; improving the quality of education, including parental choice; and ending the violent deaths of young people in cities.
But he said critics don't get the nuance of his message.