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Ticket decided, Va. Dems try to unite against GOP

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 12:53pm  ET

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, center, applauds along with lt. governor candidate, State Sen. Ralph Northam, right, and Sen. Mark Herring, left, during a breakfast appearance in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The trio will face Republican candidates in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The brand new Virginia statewide ticket has decided to wage this fall's races for the state's top three offices against the tea party.

Nominees Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for attorney general joined gubernatorial ticket-topper Terry McAuliffe for a "unity" rally Wednesday in Richmond following their Tuesday primary victories.

They assailed a Republican ticket as controlled by tea party conservatives who viewed compromises to pass transportation funding reforms this year as a betrayal.

Two 10-term House Republicans lost Tuesday to conservative primary challengers.

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