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  •  Ralph Northam? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gygaxian, jj32

    He is certain to be elected LG, which means that if Herring loses, he's likely the D candidate in 2017 (although the base will challenge him).

    Alternatively, 2017 might be the return of Mark Warner.

    •  Usually in VA (0+ / 0-)

      the LG or AG have first dibs on the gubernatorial nomination; if both are of the same party then one or the other tends to step aside.  Most often the AG has the stronger chance to be elected governor as there's more of a chance to make an impact in that office; for the R's, Bill Bolling stood down twice, to his ultimate regret (and likely that of many others in the party.)

      So if Herring wins this year I think he'll be seen as Dem frontrunner, provided that he wants to.  If Northam and Obenshain win, then that would appear at first to be the likeliest pairing.  However, if that's the case and what DCCyclone has said is true, then Northam should seriously step up his campaign skills over the next four years.  Northam's campaign appears to be coasting without much visibility, which he can probably get away with this time simply by not being EW Jackson, but against Obenshain or someone else better qualified or less inflammatory that won't work.

      37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

      by Mike in MD on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:41:51 PM PDT

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    •  No (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      Northam is a terrible candidate, another Creigh Deeds.  He is the luckiest s.o.b. imaginable, winning the primary despite a bad campaign and now having the office handed to him thanks to the state GOP having picked a clown candidate.

      He won't be so lucky in a Governor's race, and people here know that.

      There will be contested primary if Herring isn't the sitting A.G. entering 2017, or if Mark Warner doesn't decide to run for another term as Governor which I now doubt he'll ever do but it's still possible.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 06:48:52 PM PDT

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