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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, and Former Senator George Allen, right, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol Senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Dec. 7.
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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, and Former Senator George Allen, right, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol Senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Dec. 7.

Next week, Virginia voters will choose among four GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate and, in some districts, Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress. The lack of competition in other districts could dampen voter turnout there, but all voters statewide have an opportunity to help decide who will face off in November against the unopposed Democratic Senate nominee, Tim Kaine.

Voters can choose among Republican Senate hopefuls Jamie Radtke, George Allen, Bob Marshall, and E.W. Jackson. There will also be GOP congressional primaries in Tidewater's 4th district, Northern Virginia's 11th district, the Southwestern 6th district, and Central Virginia's 7th district, plus Democratic primaries in the 4th and Northern Virginia's 8th.

Matt Abell, with the State Board of Elections, says voters in districts where both parties are fielding candidates will need to pick from either the Democratic or Republican ballot. "Virginia law prohibits that when primaries are held on the same day — and they're always generally held on the same day — that a Virginia citizen who's registered to vote cannot vote in both elections."

Voter cards were sent to Virginians who were shifted to different districts due to reapportionment, adds Abel. "If they don't have their voter card, or misplaced it, they certainly can call their local officials to ensure that they're aware of what congressional district they're in or get a voter card re-issued."

Primaries for local offices will also be held in Gloucester, Alexandria, and Hampton.

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