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Va. Tuesday primaries serve intraparty payback

Sunday - 6/9/2013, 12:53pm  ET

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. - In Virginia's statewide and legislative primaries Tuesday, some old intraparty scores will be settled.

Democrats will pick their nominees for lieutenant governor between state Sen. Ralph Northam and former Obama White House technology chief Aneesh Chopra, and for attorney general between state Sen. Mark Herring and Fairfax lawyer Justin Fairfax.

But the real bad blood is lower on the ticket, where seven House incumbents, including five Republicans, face nomination challenges from newcomers who believe they've broken faith within their parties.

Among Republicans facing primaries are House Speaker Bill Howell and three committee chairmen.

The most heated Democratic challenge is to Del. Rosalyn Dance, a former mayor of Petersburg, whose opponent has endorsements from Democratic House and Senate members.


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