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Few Voters Expected at Virginia Primaries

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Outside Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Va. where voter turnout is expected to be paltry. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Outside Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Va. where voter turnout is expected to be paltry. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — With the major party gubernatorial choices for this fall settled, a paltry turnout is expected Tuesday as Virginia Democrats pick their down-ballot nominees and nominations are decided for 11 contested House of Delegates seats.

Officials estimate as few as one percent of voters will cast ballots.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are already nominees for governor, leaving the off-year primary without its marquee races.

Democrats choose between state Sen. Mark Herring and first-time candidate Justin Fairfax for attorney general, and between former Virginia and White House technology chief Aneesh Chopra and state Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor.

Among the House races, nine contests are Republican, and five of them are conservative challenges to GOP incumbents, including House Speaker Bill Howell.

All three Democratic races involve challenges to incumbent delegates.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.


WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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