Primary Tuesday - Polls Open at 6 AM

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a fierce critic of President Donald Trump's, was projected to win the party nomination - with more than 55 percent of the vote - over Tom Perriello.

The race has been framed as a reboot of the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton contest, but the comparison is not a flawless fit. The general election is expected to be an early referendum on the president and a preview of what the 2018 midterm elections will look like. He used those advantages to shore up support from numerous state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers' groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam won the Democrats' primary for Governor on Tuesday, but the contest to be his ticket-mate remains up in the air.

"We want you to be part of our effort", Gillespie said, adding that Virginia can not afford another four years with a Democrat as governor. I know he is the bold and progressive candidate we need to keep Virginia moving forward united.

Northam received endorsements early on from almost every top Democrat in the state, including McAuliffe and U.S. Sens. Although Mark Warner narrowly defeated Gillespie, Gillespie quickly bounced back and announced his plan to run for Virginia's governor in October 2015.

Perriello joined the race as resistance to the Trump agenda began to boom, and promised on the stump to make Virginia a bulwark against it.

No matter what happens on Tuesday, national political prognosticators are going to attempt to draw a grand conclusion on what the result tells us about American voters in the era of Trump.

Although he received a large amount of attention and praise from prominent national Democrats, Perriello was ultimately unable to expand the universe of Democratic primary voters enough to counter Northam's advantages. According to the most recent Washington Post opinion polling, the two are locked in a neck-and-neck battle statewide while leading Northam by a margin of almost three to one in south-west Virginia.

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Associated Press reporters Ben Finley in Norfolk and Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond contributed to this report.

Virginia voters must present photo ID in order to vote.

Down ballot, in the Republican lieutenant governor's primary, state Sen.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

"On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie is the undisputed king of campaign cash, having "$2.4 million on hand after raising $1.1 million in the most recent reporting period", according to the RT-D.

"The party does seem to have two very distinct groups right now vying for people's respect and ideas", Clisham said.

On June 13, I will proudly cast my vote for Tom Perriello.

Tuesday's elections marked the first time both parties held contests on the same day in the commonwealth's history.

Among the Obama veterans to line up behind Perriello were 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe and former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, who more recently served as a top aide on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. He says insider support for Northam might be overstated.

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