In Richmond, the election season began to gain momentum in the State of Virginia as the Attorney General Mark Herring recently announced plans to run for re-election in 2017.
There has not been a Democrat re-election for Virginia AG since Mary Sue Terry won in 1989, according to CBS 6.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northman greeted on Herring’s re-election announcement with his full support.
“In just 20 months, Mark had changed the course of our history by fighting for marriage equality, Dreamers, the Chesapeake Bay, and a host of other important issues,” Northam expressed. “Virginia is stronger with Mark Herring as attorney general, and I am proud to stand with Mark and endorse him in his run for re-election.”
With both politicians running for available positions, it seems that the Democratic Party has secured itself in Virginia.
The Roanoke Times reported that Herring’s re-election for Attorney General woudl avoid a divisive fight with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam for the Democratic nomination for governor.
However, there is concern about whether Herring and Northam can guarantee domination for the Democrats in 2017.
“This is great news for Virginia Democrats. It’s a big plus for them, but the election will be determined by factors we can only guess at more than two years in advance,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
In June, The Roanoke Times reported that the Republicans decided at meeting in Staunton to hold a 2016 primary to not only pick their party’s presidential nominee, but “to pick the party’s 2017 nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.”