New Va. GOP Ticket Touring State Monday

Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain were nominated at a convention Saturday

The newly named Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, is making four stops around the Commonwealth Monday to introduce voters to his new GOP ticket.

Cuccinelli, now Virginia's attorney general, formally became the Republican gubernatorial nominee by acclamation Saturday at a statewide convention.

He'll be joined by the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, Rev. E.W. Jackson of Chesapeake, and by State Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, the GOP nominee for Attorney General, for day two of their first unified campaign push.

The trio were nominated at a Republican convention that seemed dominated by tea party activists, who have been Cuccinelli's supporters.

Republicans decided to do a convention this year instead of a primary, a move that helped force two-term lieutenant governor Bill Bolling out of the race for governor. Bolling did not attend this weekend's convention.

Virginia's Democrats will have a primary election June 11. Terry McAuliffe is running unopposed for the gubernatorial nomination, but there are active races for lieutenant  governor and attorney general. (If you want to vote in the primary, Monday is the last day to register; click here for more information.)

The GOP nominees' tour includes stops in the Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke, Abingdon and Martinsville. The group stopped in Fairfax Sunday, a region Cuccinelli says will be critical to the success of his party.

Right now, Cuccinelli's challenger has a slight advantage in the latest poll.

A recent Quinnipiac University survey found McAuliffe has the support of 43 percent of voters, while Cuccinelli has 38 percent.

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