Voting underway in Virginia’s Democratic primary

Voting underway in Virginia’s Democratic primary
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Voters are picking which Democrats they want to see on the ballot in November.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, for the primary election. Five candidates - Lee Carter, Jennifer D. Carroll Foy, Justin Fairfax, Terry McAuliffe, and Jennifer McClellan - are competing for their party’s nomination to go up against Republican candidate Glenn Younkin in the gubernatorial race.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a third term, but faces a challenge from Delegate Jay Jones.

Six candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor: Hala Ayala, Mark Levine, Andria McClellan, Sean Perryman, S. ‘Sam” Rasoul, and Xavier Warren.

Virginia’s off-year elections typically draw national attention as a possible bellwether for trends heading into next year’s midterms.

Voters in Charlottesville are also picking candidates for City Council - Carl E. Brown, Brian R. Pinkston, and Juandiego Wade - and Commonwealth’s Attorney - incumbent Joseph D. Platania or challenger Ray S. Szwabowski III. Roughly 9.6% of registered voters in the city had cast their ballots as of 4 p.m.

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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