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Lt. Gov. Nominee Visits Downtown Mall Businesses

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Hot on the heels of new poll numbers, the race for lieutenant governor came to Charlottesville Thursday. 

Republican nominee E.W. Jackson stopped on the downtown mall to meet with small businesses and get his name out there, which really is the big issue for Jackson and his opponent Ralph Northam. 

A new poll from Quinnipiac University released Thursday shows very few voters know much at all about either of the lieutenant governor candidates. Eighty-one percent of respondents say they haven't heard enough about Jackson to form an opinion, with 90 percent saying the same about Northam. 

Jackson is visiting downtown Charlottesville in hopes of changing that. He's meeting with small business owners on the downtown mall, and talking with voters Thursday night in an attempt to get his name out there as Election Day draws closer. 

"We know that this is going to take a while, but people will start to focus in on this race in September and October, and we intend to make sure that we've communicated a message to them that they can relate to," Jackson said. 

Though most voters are still learning about the candidates, the most recent polls do show Northam taking an early lead in the race. 

Meanwhile, the Jackson camp is coming under fire this week after it submitted incomplete financial filings to the Board of Elections Monday. The campaign incorrectly reported the money it took in during quarter two in its latest financial disclosure. 

On its disclosure form submitted Monday evening, Jackson's campaign reported more than $48,000 in un-itemized contributions - the campaign's second reporting error. Jackson explains the campaign took in more money than anticipated, and could not itemize each donation before Monday's deadline.

The campaign is now working to amend its filing, but Jackson says it's a good problem to have. 

"It is the blessing of success. You know, these are the kinds of problems you want to have. More money coming in than you anticipated," he said. 

Jackson's campaign must amend its filing by the end of this month. In the meantime, he's spending time campaigning across the state.

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