Virginia Race Shows How Democrats Differ on Path Ahead for Party

While the GOP race has a clear front-runner, Democrats are seeing a tighter contest between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello. By cutting 10 percent off income taxes for all Virginians over a three year period, Gillespie says that a family of four would be saving roughly $1,285, that is if statistics accurately depict the average family's income of $135,000 per year.

The race was especially close in Bristol, where Perriello beat Northam by one vote. Perriello represents and symbolizes the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Scott also tees up a Perriello ad featuring Sen. Mark Warner for the U.S. Senate.

We're joining with Senator Elizabeth Warren and endorsing Tom for his principled refusal to take money from Virginia's huge coal-fired electric utility, Dominion Power.

"Anyone that both Sen". He started by saying that he was "pleased to be here today" and then said he "was pleased to be anywhere today". The Democratic party needs to flip 17 districts in order to control the chamber.

But that isn't enough for everyone. John Clisham is a 53-year-old school counselor.

The other candidate, State Sen. But their style and approach to the campaign are distinct. He's now running a similar blow-up-the-system campaign. He's heavily outspent Perriello on air in the closing stretch.

Among the Obama veterans to line up behind Perriello were 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe and former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, who more recently served as a top aide on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Perriello also bridges the gaps in the party. "He is better suited to expand the progressive coalition than anyone else in the race", said Rowe.

"It is time for us to get back on offense and stop playing so much defense", Northam said.

Northam is a more traditional candidate who stresses his pragmatic approach and ability to work with Republicans.

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"He's a unsafe man". "And so I think it's fair to refer to him as a narcissist, because that's what he is".

Northam, 57, a pediatric neurologist and former Army physician from Virginia's conservative eastern shore, voted twice for Republican President George W. Bush, something he attributes to being "under-informed" before entering politics. "A Perriello win could send a strong message to Democratic establishments across the country: 'You need to figure out how to deal with this massive new progressive energy before it goes right around you'".

So there is the choice for voters this Tuesday. In the fall, the Democrat, whoever he is, will be considered the favorite. He is a lobbyist, which one of his opponents, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, never fails to bring up. Frank Wagner (Virginia Beach). And he's explicitly appealing to Trump supporters. Ultimately, he hasn't fully embraced or rebuked the president.

"I care a lot about the future of Virginia", Gillespie told a crowd Saturday at a Taste of India festival in the Richmond suburb of Chester, after wolfing down a plate of what appeared to be chicken tikka masala and tandoori.

Pressed by NBC as to whether he would campaign with Trump, Gillespie also hedged and argued this was about state and local issues.

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

Born and raised in Mount Holly, New Jersey, Ed Gillespie moved to Washington, D.C., to attend the Catholic University of America.

It is the first time in Virginia history that both parties are holding statewide primaries on the same day.

Republicans could be in some very big trouble in 2018.

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