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Top Democrats Line Up Behind Northam's Candidacy

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    FALLS CHURCH, VA - OCTOBER 19: Sen Ralph Northam speaks during a Women for Terry Endorsement Event at the State Theatre on October 19, 2013 in Falls Church, Virginia. Hillary Clinton endorsed Gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe during his politcal race for the Governor's office against Ken Cucccinelli. (Photo by Greg Kahn/Getty Images)

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

    Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

    Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

    Northam, a doctor, is well positioned to have a smooth ride to be the Democratic nominee for governor in 2017. The GOP nomination contest could be more intense, with three candidates already vying for the spot.

    Donald Trump's Virginia campaign chairman Corey Stewart has already been publicly critical of former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Republican U.S. Rep. Rod Wittman has said he's also running.