Ten candidates will vie for three spots on the Republican ballot for this fall's election.
Only one person, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, submitted his name to be considered for the gubernatorial nomination. That means Cuccinelli can now be considered the party's presumptive nominee.
The most competitive field is the race for Lt. Governor. Seven different candidates submitted their names to be considered for nomination. It is a diverse and broad group of candidates, not one appears to have a particular edge. It could get interesting as we get closer to convention day.
Then finally in a competition that has been set for sometime, Del. Rob Bell and Sen. Mark Obenshain will square off to receive the GOP spot on the ballot for Attorney General.
The convention will take place May 17-18 at the Richmond Coliseum.
The full list of candidates can be found below in the official release from the RPV:
Ten Candidates File For Statewide Office
-- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is sole candidate to file for Governor; will be party's nominee --
According to the Call
approved by the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee on
November 30, 2012 and published in the Richmond Times Dispatch on Tuesday,
December 18, 2012, the deadline for candidates seeking the Republican
nomination in 2013 for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General ended at
5:00 p.m. today, January 14, 2013.
"I am pleased that so many candidates for Lt. Governor and Attorney General have filed to seek the Republican nomination at our state convention. These candidates all have tremendous qualifications and all of them would make an excellent candidate in the fall.
I would also like to congratulate Ken Cuccinelli on becoming our Republican nominee for Governor. Ken is a man of principle who you never have a doubt on where he stands on the important issues facing Virginia. I know he will continue the hard work Governor McDonnell has started to grow our economy, reform our state government, and provide greater opportunities for all Virginians. I look forward to working with him, or nominees for Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and all of our House candidates for a united Republican victory his fall."
* since Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was the only candidate to file for Governor by the deadline, he has been deemed the Republican nominee for Governor.
The Republican Governor's Association has now come out fully behind Cuccinelli. Their endorsement can be found after the jump.
RGA Statement on Virginia GOP Filing Deadline
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the only candidate to file with the Republican Party of Virginia with the deadline to do so having concluded at 5:00 p.m. today for candidates wishing to run for governor as a Republican.
Republican Governors Association spokesman Mike Schrimpf issued the following statement:
“With the nomination secured, Ken Cuccinelli is now able to move forward, focused on the pocketbook issues Virginians care about. Ken understands middle-class values, and throughout his time in public service, he has always been a guardian of the taxpayers’ money and has a record of working to make sure Virginia is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Meanwhile, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe has spent the last two decades raising money for national Democrats and showing no interest in Virginia issues until running for governor. For twenty years, Chairman McAuliffe’s priorities have been raising money, defeating his opponents at all costs and self-promotion. Those aren’t the values Virginians are looking for in their next governor.
Ken Cuccinelli is the only candidate who understands the issues and can be trusted to be Virginia’s next governor.”