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Voters head to the polls for statewide primary elections

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A voter casts a ballot at Warrenton Community Center during the March 13, 2020, Democratic Party presidential primary.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning for today's statewide primary election. All 101 polling places in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park will be open for voting until 7 p.m. tonight.

Democratic voters are choosing their picks for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as well as some nominees for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Locally, the only Republican race on the ballot is that for the GOP nominee in the race for the 51st District House of Delegates seat. Political newcomer Tim Cox, a Navy veteran, faces Jeff Dove, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in two local districts, in that race.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, former governor Terry McAuliffe, 64, is trying for a second shot at the state's top office, while two candidates -- former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, 39, and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, 48 -- are vying to make history as the first Black woman to win a major party's nomination for Virginia governor.

The five-way race also includes Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, 42, and Del. Lee Carter, 34.

There are six candidates vying for lieutenant governor, including Del. Hala Ayala, 48, who is serving in her second term as delegate in the 51st District, which stretches from Woodbridge to Nokesville in Prince William County.

Ayala, a former cybersecurity specialist, is running against fellow Del. Sam Rasoul, 39, of Roanoke's 11th District; Del. Mark Levine, 55, of Alexandria's 45th District; Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellan, 50; Fairfax NAACP President Sean Perryman, 34; and Xavier Warren, a nonprofit fundraiser and a sports agent.

In the attorney general's race, incumbent Mark Herring, 59, is seeking a third term. He is being challenged by state Del. Jerrauld "Jay" Jones, 32, who has held the Norfolk-area 89th District House of Delegates seat since 2018.

There are also Democratic nominating contests in four races for local House of Delegates seats.

In the 2nd District, newly elected Del. Candi King, who won a January 2021 special election, is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Pamela Montgomery.

In the 31st District, incumbent Del. Elizabeth Guzman is vying for a third term but also faces challenges from fellow Democrats Rod Hall, Idris O'Connor and Kara Pitek.

And in the 50th District, Carter, who is also vying for governor, is facing challenges from Helen Zurita and Michelle Maldonado.

Eligible voters are asked to bring an acceptable form of identification with them to cast a ballot. Because Virginia does not register voters by party, any registered voter is eligible to cast a ballot in the primary.

As of Saturday, about 6,000 Prince William County voters had either cast an in-person early ballot for the primary or had requested a mail-in ballot. That's about four times the number of early ballots cast in the 2017 gubernatorial primary, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Prince William County voters who requested an absentee ballot by mail may return their completed ballots to a regular precinct polling place on June 8. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before June 8 and received by Friday, June 11 to be counted.

All registered voters in Virginia are eligible to cast a ballot to decide the party’s nominees for statewide office. Eligible citizens can check their registration status, find their polling place or check the status of their absentee ballot at vote.elections.virginia.gov.

Republican candidates for statewide office were chosen last month at a party-run “unassembled convention,” with delegates screened by local GOP committees casting ballots at about three dozen drive-thru locations around the state.

Glenn Youngkin is the Republican nominee for governor, Winsome Sears is on the ticket for lieutenant governor and Jason Miyares will run for attorney general under the GOP banner.

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Omarndc72

Hope people see what's coming with democrats and liberals. Don't vote democrat!!!!

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