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Decision 2013: Race for Virginia's Top Spots

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You might still be making up your mind about who gets your vote Tuesday, so NBC29 is recapping who’s on the ballot, and where they clash.

The race for lieutenant governor pits Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, a Republican, against Norfolk-area physician Ralph Northam, a Democrat.

“I want to make sure every Virginian who wants to work can find gainful employment,” Jackson said. “Not part-time employment reduced as part of the Affordable Care Act, but full-time, gainful employment.”

Northam says, “We need to make sure that Virginia is open for business. We need to be all-inclusive. The assault on women’s reproductive health care needs to stop, as does discrimination against the LGBT community.”

Past controversial comments have weighed on Jackson since his nomination. Northam, a six-year veteran of the state Senate, maintains a lead over Jackson and is expected to win the race handily.

The race for attorney general is a different story. Heading into Election Day, Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain are practically neck and neck. Herring says he wants to take politics out of the office, and says his opponent will go on an ideological crusade if elected.

“I think the law, not extremist politics, is the essence of the job, and I want to take that kind of politics and ideology out of the attorney general's office,” Herring said.

But Obenshain says he's focused on public safety, and cracking down on human trafficking.

“We need to make sure that we're protecting them from drugs, from gangs, from violence, and the increasing threat of sex trafficking,” he said.

When it comes to the race for governor, each candidate is essentially aiming to create more jobs and improve education, but each candidate's road map of how to get there varies.

If you're Ken Cuccinelli, you want to reduce the personal and business income tax rate and eliminate some tax loopholes for corporations. Cuccinelli says his plan will create 58,000 jobs.

“My jobs plan which has been independently rated to create 58,000 new jobs would stimulate Virginia's economy,” Cuccinelli said.

If you're Terry McAuliffe, you're focusing a lot on education - Standards of Learning (SOL) test reform, and increased support for community colleges.

“The current, once-a-year, high-stakes, multiple-choice testing isn't working for students, parents or teachers,” McAuliffe said.

Robert Sarvis, in typical Libertarian form, wants to leave most things to the free market, while also supporting social freedoms like marriage equality and gun rights.

“While other candidates have filled the airwaves with negative attacks, I have focused solely on the issues,” Sarvis said.

To watch each candidate's speech in its entirety, visit NBC29’s Meet the Candidates page.

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