Last Saturday, over 8,000 delegates convened on the Richmond Coliseum to vote for the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates to represent the Republicans on the General Election ballot in November. Many delegates anticipated that the selection process would go on through multiple ballots, and this was an accurate statement.
The Attorney General selection only took one ballot, and State Sen. Mark Obenshain (Harrisonburg) was elected by the delegates to be the Attorney General candidate. Obenshain will be a champion for Virginia Values Voters, and you can learn more about him here.
The longest part of the convention was the selection of the Lieutenant Governor’s race. Virginia Politics on Demand and Bearing Drift had great Convention live blog updates, and you can read more about the actual vote totals for each of the four ballots. After the first ballot, both State Sen. Steve Martin (Chesterfield) and former State Sen. Jeannemarie Davis (Fairfax) were eliminated, leaving Del. Scott Lingamfelter (Prince William), Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson, Prince William County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart, Pete Snyder, and Bishop E.W. Jackson (who led this ballot) as the remaining candidates. After the results were released, Davis urged her supporters to cast their votes for Jackson. It was unknown whether Martin encouraged his supporters to cast their votes for any of the remaining challengers.
With some delegates choosing to leave after the results of the first ballot, the second ballot showed some interesting results with Lingamfelter and Stimpson being eliminated. Lingamfelter urged his supporters to vote for Snyder, while Stimpson did not endorse a candidate. The remaining candidates after the second ballot were Stewart, Snyder, and Jackson (who lead after this ballot).
The third ballot was particularly the most interesting, as Jackson claimed 49.7 percent of the vote. Snyder was second, and Stewart was eliminated.
Since Jackson had to have at least 50 percent of the votes casted to win the nomination, it proceeded into the fourth ballot. The fourth ballot was overwhelmingly in support of Bishop E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor. Jackson won the Republican nomination. Delegates had to wait for about twenty minutes before the Republican ticket was announced, following Snyder’s concession remarks. If anything, Cuccinelli, Jackson, and Obenshain are committed to victory in November.