In the race for Lt. Governor, the two parties nominated candidates that couldn't be more different.
Dr. Ralph Northam is a soft spoken physician not prone to making waves. His opponent Bishop E.W. Jackson is a charismatic pastor, who seems to go out of his way to make an impression.
Their campaign has been controversial and as a result it could be the one race that we learn the results to relatively early.
Here is my profile on both candidates for NBC12:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- It has been one of the most controversial races of the 2013 campaign. The race for Lt. Governor features a quiet state senator against a charismatic pastor. Their war of words has made for an interesting campaign.
These two candidates couldn't be more different. The race has turned into a mandate on the republican, Bishop E.W. Jackson and his controversial past statements.
His opponent- Dr. Ralph Northam has just tried to stay out of the way.
Before he was a candidate, jackson was a popular- but controversial pastor in Chesapeake- who preached very directly on issues like abortion and homosexuality.
Statements he has tried to convince voters to not tie to his campaign.
"I'm not running to be the minister of Virginia," he said. "I'm running to be Lt. Governor of Virginia."
His opponent Ralph Northam- a pediatric neurologist from Norfolk- is one of those making sure voters understand exactly everything Jackson has said.
"We don't need people with this rigid ideology that just say no to everything," Northam said.
Northam and Jackson differ greatly on issues like abortion and gay rights. But both claim it will not be their focus if elected.
"I would have to say the top issue has to be the economy," said Jackson.
"The main objective is to have people wantin' to come to Virginia and have their business and that's what puts revenue into our coffers," he said.
Despite all their many differences, when it comes to touting their ability to govern- Jackson and Northam seem to say very similar things.
"I've been a unifier and uniter my entire life," said Jackson.
"Whenever there is a piece of legislation that is good for Virginia it's done through compromise that is my reputation in the senate," said Northam
Read and see the full story on NBC12.com.
Our full interview with Bishop E.W. Jackson can be found below:
You can read more about his stance on the issues on his campaign web site-
Our full interview with Ralph Northam can be found below:
You can read more about his specific stances on the issues on his campaign web site.