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Lt. gov. hopefuls offer Va. voters a stark choice

Saturday - 11/2/2013, 1:30pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The candidates for lieutenant governor in Tuesday's general election offer Virginia voters a stark choice.

Chesapeake Republican E.W. Jackson is a socially conservative Republican opposed to abortion, while Democratic state Sen. Ralph S. Northam is a physician best known for his defense of women's reproductive rights.

The two also part ways on a number of other issues, including same-sex marriage and an expansion of Medicaid in Virginia.

Jackson is against both, while Northam backs each.

They are seeking to succeed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

In Virginia, the lieutenant governor is elected independently of the governor, so it's possible Jackson or Northam could serve with their political opposite. Both said in interviews that they would seek common ground with whoever is governor.

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