PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Election Day for Virginia’s primary election is coming up next week.
Democrats will choose who they want to nominate for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Statewide, Democrats and Republicans can also vote on some General Assembly primary races.
Republicans already chose their candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general via convention, nominating Glenn Youngkin, Winsome E. Sears and Jason Miyares, respectively.
The biggest prize up for grabs is the governor nomination. A CNU Wason Center poll from April shows former Governor Terry McAuliffe will likely get the most votes, with nearly half of voters saying they will vote for him.
In the lieutenant governor and attorney general races, many people are still undecided. Delegate Sam Rasoul appears to be the front runner for lieutenant governor. Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring also has the lead over Norfolk Delegate Jay Jones, though Jones has a key endorsement from Governor Ralph Northam.
Virginia Tech political science professor Karen Hult told WAVY the attorney general race might be the one to look at for a possible upset. “It was a surprise to many people when Jay Jones decided to run against Mark Herring, it was another surprise when Governor Northam endorsed the non incumbent.”
Jones, a lifelong Norfolk resident, is only 32 years old. He’s running to make a generational change and root out systemic injustice.
Here are some important dates to keep in mind: