Virginia is in the spotlight again and we should prepare for an election season that will be as competitive and heated as the presidential election of 2012 that we just survived.
The dust has settled on the Democratic primary and now both parties have their statewide tickets set.
I broke down the implications of the choice Democratic voters made and how much it cost to get there on NBC12 News Today:
Here are some interesting stats based on the bulk of returns which are still coming in:
The Virginia primary saw roughly 145,000 voters with some votes still being tallied. Based on the last State Board of Election survey that reported around 5.2 million registered Virginia voters that amounts to a turnout number of close to 3%. A dismal number for sure, but it was actually a tick higher than what we predicted.
Based on the last financial reporting compared to the vote totals here is how much it cost the candidates to compete in the primary.
Lt. Governor's Race:
Ralph Northam (w) 78,058 votes $632,000 raised $8.07 per vote
Aneesh Chopra 65,997 votes $1.4 million raised $22.26 per vote
Attorney General's Race:
Mark Herring (w) 72,624 votes $358,000 raised $4.67 per vote
Justin Fairfax 67,983 votes $330,000 raised $4.85 per vote
*Note: This is based on VPAP's numbers from 6am. There is still votes out there and there could be updates to the financial reports as well.
The Democrats will gather this morning at the Hippodrome in Richmond for a "Unity" breakfast. We will have more on the event later today on NBC12.
He released the following statement after learning of their victories:
“I would like to congratulate Ralph Northam on becoming the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Ralph has dedicated his career to improving the lives of Virginia's families and communities, both as a State Senator for Virginia and as a pediatric neurologist. Ralph has been a tireless advocate for women's health, has worked to strengthen our education systems, and helped pass crucial legislation aimed at improving the health of Virginians and protecting first responders. I look forward to the work Ralph and I will do together to make Virginia the best state in the nation to do business and raise a family.
“I want to also congratulate Mark Herring on becoming the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Virginia. The critical work Mark did as co-patron of the bipartisan transportation compromise is a testament to his commitment to tackling the challenges Virginia's communities face in a bipartisan manner. I look forward to continuing to work with him on issues he has been a leader on in the State Senate representing Loudoun and Fairfax counties, including improving our local education systems and making Virginia more attractive to innovative companies. We need responsible leaders like Mark in Richmond who will strive to make our government more efficient, open, and better for the people of the Commonwealth. I know Mark will restore a pragmatic focus on the issues Virginians care about to the Office of the Attorney General.”
Meanwhile the Republicans are working to define the new ticket as well. In a statement Cuccinelli campaign manager Dave Rexrode describes the group as an "anti-growth, pro-tax ticket". His statement read in part:
"Virginia Democrats nominated three individuals that share a common bond: a clear history of support for policies—including higher taxes, big government programs and anti-competitive regulations— that will move Virginia backwards. Whether it’s their support for ObamaCare and billions in tax hikes, hostility to Virginia coal and offshore oil exploration, or openness to altering the Commonwealth’s right-to-work status, there’s no question that the 2013 Democrat ticket will be among the most liberal in Virginia history. If elected, all three candidates will seek to advance ideologically driven, Washington, DC policies that will only exacerbate the uncertainty felt by so many job creators across the Commonwealth."