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Who Will Be First?

Anita Kumar

Democratic candidates for governor Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe will stop in Richmond today to turn in the signatures needed to be on the primary ballot June 9.

In Virginia, the candidate who turns in his petitions first gets their name on the ballot first.

McAuliffe and Moran both plan to be at the state Board Board of Elections office just before noon -- the first time the signatures will be accepted.

The three Democratic candidates have until April 10 to submit 10,000 signatures (including 400 from each congressional district) to the state.

State sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath will not turn in petitions today. He is expected to do so later in the month, ensuring that he will be last on the ballot.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 24, 2009; 8:31 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Virginia is a truly innovative state, totally business friendly and fiercely competitive. How meritorious that the first in line gets to be first on the ballot! I am so happy that I contributed to getting a significant number of those petitions signed, not just because McAuliffe is a great candidate, but also because it is such an enriching experience to be involved as a volunteer promoting the success of a good candidate for our Government.

Posted by: alankrishnan | March 24, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of whom anyone supports in this race, I am really proud of the enthusiasm it is generating. It's an incredible opportunity for anyone to learn about state-level politics; the policy proposals also give constituents (and others outside of Virginia) how problems might be tackled.

Posted by: robsmithiii | March 25, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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