RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WFXR) — Virginia’s Democratic voters are set to pick their party’s nominees for three statewide races in Tuesday’s primary election.
In addition, six candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor: Del. Sam Rasoul (Roanoke), Del. Hala Ayala (Prince William), Del. Mark Levine (Alexandria), Sean Perryman, Pittsylvania County native Xavier Warren, and Andria McClellan.
Both parties also will settle on nominations for the House of Delegates and local seats.
Here in Roanoke, one race WFXR News will be watching closely is the race for city sheriff. Antonio Hash, a 13-year law enforcement veteran, is running against Lee Hill, who has served with the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years.
The results in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be closely watched around the nation. There are five Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination in the governor’s race: Del. Lee Carter (Manassas), state Sen. Jennifer McClellan (Richmond), Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The Commonwealth’s off-year elections typically draw outsized attention as a possible bellwether for national trends heading into next year’s midterms.
Virginia Republicans, meanwhile, are looking to break a 12-year losing streak in statewide races. They chose their nominees for the top of the ticket in a multi-site convention process in May.
Glenn Youngkin secured the Republican nomination for governor. Winsome Sears won the party’s lieutenant governor’s race and Del. Jason Miyares (Virginia Beach) is the GOP’s nominee for attorney general.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.