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State Sen. Ralph Northam to Run for LG After All?

by: lowkell

Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 17:20:46 PM EDT

Back in February, I spoke with State Senator Ralph Northam (D) and he told me he was not planning on running for statewide office in 2013. Well, it now appears that something may have changed his thinking.
In June, state Sen. Ralph Northam said he wouldn't run for lieutenant governor next year.

Fast forward four months and it appears the former military man now is on the verge of an about face.

Northam, a Norfolk Democrat one year into his second legislative term, Friday told The Virginian-Pilot he's reconsidering his plans to run for the state's number two elected office.

"We are looking into that possibility," he told a reporter, adding he'll likely decide in the next two weeks but will hold off on a formal announcement until after the Nov. 6 election.

A physician, Northam is an intriguing candidate for Democrats.

I agree, Sen. Northam would be an intriguing candidate for Democrats next year, but I had assumed he was off the list. It will be interesting to see if Northam decides to run (personally, I hope he does), and also if more Democrats consider throwing their hats in the 2013 ring in coming months. Now, back to focusing 100% on the elections coming up this November 6th! :)

P.S. By the way, Northam's already endorsed Sen. Mark Herring for Attorney General, and Terry McAuliffe for Governor, so assuming both of those guys are the Democratic nominees next year, the ticket would certainly be a harmonious one! :)

P.P.S. According to Project Vote Smart, Northam is rated 100% by NARAL, 87% by the Chamber of Commerce, 6% by the Family Foundation, 43% by the Virginia Education Association, 91% by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (2008 rating), 8% by the NRA, and 100% by the Virginia AFL-CIO (2010 rating).

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What about Aneesh Chopra for Lt. Gov? (4.00 / 1)
I thought he had announced he was running for that office.

Right, with Northam there would be two Dem candidates (0.00 / 0)
for LG.

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Video: Mark Warner Once Again Refuse to Rule Out 2013 Run for Governor (0.00 / 0)

Verrrry interesting.

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Great News! (0.00 / 0)
Glad to hear Northam and Warner are thinking about running. 2013 is a must win and Warner/Northam/Herring would be a very strong ticket!

A very strong ticket (4.00 / 1)
It could be bad for the State Senate, but that could be a very powerful Democratic team to defeat.  It would most likely lead to the first Democratic sweep of the offices in 24 years.

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Bad for State Senate ... (0.00 / 0)
But even though Warner will be able to sweep any election, I wouldn't bet money on him making it likely for his down ticket candidates to sweep as well. I'd be more worried about Republicans winning down ticket with Warner on the ballot than with Terry.

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Meh (0.00 / 0)
Northam needs to find better staffers if he wants to win in what will likely be a serious primary fight should Chopra continue to run.

I'd also feel far more comfortable with Chopra as the tie-breaker in a 20-20 Senate (let's cross our finger's about Herring's seat) than Northam, who I think would be far too "Warner-esque" in trying to seek compromises that screw over our party's principles.

But we could do far, far worse too. Every day I am happy that I haven't seen a "Glenn Nye Considering LG Run" article.


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