NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) - No matter who wins the race, it looks like Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor will be from Hampton Roads.
Senator Ralph Northam, of Norfolk, won the democratic primary Tuesday. Dr. Northam, who grew up on the Eastern Shore, is a pediatric neurologist. His Republican opponent, an already controversial candidate, E.W. Jackson is from Chesapeake. The retired lawyer founded Exodus Faith Ministries and is now a full-time minister.
Jackson campaigned in Manassas Wednesday, but his book made the rounds all over the internet. The word 'Commandments' in the title is spelled wrong.
Jackson is also catching flack for comments he has made, including one published on YouTube last year where he said, "Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to blacks then the KKK ever was."
Jackson also said that yoga may result in satanic possession.
"Statements like that are just very much out of touch with Virginia," said Northam. "I mean this is 2013."
Senator Northam has never met Jackson. Northam told WAVY.com he will run a positive campaign.
"We need to start treating women fairly in Virginia, stopping the assault on their reproductive healthcare, make sure they have equal pay for equal work," he said. "We also need to stop discriminating against the LGBT community."
Jackson has called gay rights "ikky." He posted this statement on his website after the Democratic primary:
".. I look forward to continuing the conversation with Virginians about better education through parental choice, strengthening our economy through jobs and economic liberty, creating a fair playing field for all businesses in Virginia by ending corporate welfare, and seeking real solutions to reduce costs and improve healthcare by standing against Obamacare."
Because Jackson was in Manassas, WAVY.com was unable to interview him in person. 10 On Your Side tried several times to reach him by phone and email, but he was unavailable. WAVY.com will make every attempt to speak with him in person when he returns to Hampton Roads.
The election is November 5, 2013.
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