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Virginia Republicans Determine Slate Of Candidates

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg delivers his victory speech, after winning the race was for attorney general.
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State Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg delivers his victory speech, after winning the race was for attorney general.

Firebrand conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at the top of the ticket for the November election, but that was already established before 10,000 Republican delegates arrived in Richmond for a convention to determine the slate of candidates.

The most competitive race was for lieutenant governor, which featured an unprecedented seven candidates. Conservative black minister E.W. Jackson won the nomination after four ballots.

"I am proud to say that I am not an African American, I am an American!" Jackson exclaimed.

The other competitive race was for attorney general, a traditional stepping-stone to running for governor of Virginia. State Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg won that race.

Obenshain's father was the United States Senate candidate in 1978, although he died in a plane crash that year, when John Warner eventually became the party's candidate for office.


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