Ranking Virginia’s 7 GOP gubernatorial hopefuls from most to least Trumpy as they battle to replace term-limited Democrat Ralph Northam

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Summary List PlacementThe Virginia governor’s race boasts a dozen challengers vying to replace term-limited Democrat Ralph Northam.

Five Democrats, including former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, will seek to top the field in a statewide primary on June 8. 

Republicans must first do some paring down of their own, choosing delegates who will slot their preferred candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general via ranked-choice voting. This remote convention, which one Trump admirer insists is designed to shut her out, is scheduled for May 8.   

Republicans haven’t occupied the governor’s mansion in more than a decade. Former President Donald Trump lost the Old Dominion by five points in the 2016 election. That gap doubled in his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden.

State Sen. Amanda Chase

Background: This two-term Virginia senator, who’s been dubbed “Trump in heels,” is the current front-runner on the GOP side. The conservative lawmaker is currently at war with colleagues who censured her for participating in the Trump-led, election results-denying rally on January 6 in Washington, DC that preceded the deadly attack on the Capitol. 

She’s also accused GOP leaders of undercutting her campaign via a “rigged” convention process. Chase maintains that detractors “terrified of the amount of support that I have across the state” are trying to dilute her chances of winning by adopting the confusing, labor-intensive delegate-based effort rather than allowing a traditional primary.  

“The establishment Republican elite … wants a lukewarm candidate that’s sold out to Richmond. And I’m not that person. I’m like Trump,” Chase told Insider in an interview, billing herself as an outsider determined to “hold the pay-to-play system accountable.”

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Agenda: Her top three priorities include rescinding all the COVID-19 restrictions in the state — “Just like Florida. We’re gonna completely reopen Virginia,” she said — undoing, via executive order, the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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