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Virginia attorneys general are more or less guaranteed to run for governor, but lieutenant governors are only slightly less likely to make the run. Outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine, for instance, held the Number Two job before acceding to the top spot.
There must be another reason to pay attention to this year's race for lieutenant governor, but the Washington Post hasn't revealed it. Nonetheless, the paper runs down the dynamics of next week's Democratic primary. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Bill Bollinger officially won the GOP nomination at the state party convention on Saturday.
Jody Wagner co-owns a popcorn store in Virginia Beach, selling Chunky Choco Toffee Drizzle and 22 other flavors in decorated tins. She was also the state's treasurer and secretary of finance under Virginia's two most recent Democratic governors.
Michael Signer is a national security expert from Arlington County who helped lead an insurgent campaign to topple Republican congressman Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. in November and this year published his first book: "Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies."
New Jersey, which has seen several governors leave office abruptly in recent years, is creating the post of lieutenant governor this year. But aspirants will run as part of a ticket, selected by the gubernatorial candidates. Neither Jon Corzine nor the candidates in tomorrow's GOP primary has named a running mate.
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