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The Daily 202: Leftward lurch in Democratic gubernatorial primary reflects the transformation of Virginia

June 13, 2017 1:01 PM
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THE BIG IDEA: Today’s Democratic primary for Virginia governor between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello can be viewed through many lenses: establishment vs. insurgent, outsider vs. insider, radical vs. incremental, patrician vs. progressive, neo-populist vs. practiced pragmatist. Some pundits frame the race as some sort of proxy rematch of Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders. Others say it’s more like Clinton versus Barack Obama circa 2008.

With polls showing Northam and Perriello running neck-and-neck, what’s been most striking in the homestretch is how far left both have come. While some of the posturing is certainly about trying to ride the wave of resistance to Donald Trump and appeal to base voters in a low-turnout primary, the jo...

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