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Democrats Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello are arguing over who can better appeal to rural Virginia voters who supported President Donald Trump in last year's election.

Northam and Perriello met in Roanoke for their second debate Thursday.

Both said they were confident they could win over rural voters who largely vote Republican. Northam cited his rural upbringing on the Eastern Shore while Perriello noted his experience representing a congressional district with many voters.

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The Ocean City firefighters and paramedics are set to get their arbitration referendum on the ballot in the next election.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Board of Elections told the town council that the measure had received enough signatures to qualify.

With the council’s unanimous acceptance of the result Ryan Whittingon, president of Local 4269, told the paper that it will be helpful to have someone look into disputed issues.

Last March the union and the town of Ocean City hammered out an agreement that included the contentious issue of work shifts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An author on innovation in business has entered the Maryland governor's race.
 
Alec Ross announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination. He's the first Democrat to say definitively he is running.
 
The senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University advises startup and tech companies.
 
Ross says Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can't be defeated by using ideas from the same old politicians. He says his campaign will be about innovative ideas to better prepare students for the new economy and to make government more transparent.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has endorsed Tom Perriello in the Virginia governor's race.

Warren's endorsement means Perriello now has two of the leading progressive voices in the Senate backing his campaign. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed Perriello earlier this month.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two incumbent councilmen will keep their seats on the Dover City Council.

Media outlets report that Second District incumbent William Hare defeated James Galvin in Tuesday's election with 68 percent of votes. Third District incumbent Fred Neil won 83 percent of votes to beat his two challengers, Lance Moffa and Jane Rolfes.

In the First District, Tanner Polce defeated Will Garfunkel and Matthew Lindell with 41 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat of retiring James Hutchison Sr.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate for Virginia governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from a wealthy donors like hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz.
 
Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors.
 

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Three Republicans vying to be governor of Virginia are showing markedly different styles ahead of the June primary.

At a candidate debate Thursday at Liberty University, frontrunner Ed Gillespie largely ignored attacks from his opponents and focused his pitch on improving the state's economy.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, positioned him as a politically incorrect fighter who would curb illegal immigration.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has won a straw poll in Fairfax County in the race for the GOP nomination for Virginia governor.

Gillespie took about 56 percent of the vote Saturday in a straw poll at Robinson Secondary School during a candidate event hosted by the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

Gillespie will face off in a June 13 primary against state Sen. Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart, a former Virginia chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A political newcomer running for Virginia governor in a populist style similar to President Donald Trump's has suspended his campaign.

Republican Denver Riggleman announced Thursday that he had no choice but to stop campaigning because of "resource shortages" and other considerations.

A distillery owner with no previous political experience, Riggleman had struggled to raise money.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging several Virginia legislative boundaries is going to trial.

The trial starts Monday and could last through Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court.

The lawsuit was brought by OneVirginia2021, a redistricting advocacy group. The group says lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

The group is challenging 11 House and Senate districts, which are currently held by both Democrats and Republicans.

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