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GOP attorney general candidate Chuck Smith fails to qualify for primary ballot
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GOP attorney general candidate Chuck Smith fails to qualify for primary ballot

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Eight of the nine GOP candidates for statewide office took part in a debate Saturday in Charlottesville sponsored by the Millennial Advocacy Council PAC and NextGen. The candidates are (from left) attorney general hopefuls Chuck Smith and John Adams; the party’s four candidates for governor, state Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Denver Riggleman, co-owner of Silverback Distillery and Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee; and two of the party’s three candidates for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves, R-Spotsylvania and Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr., R-Virginia Beach.

Chuck Smith, a Virginia Beach lawyer who was running as a Republican for state attorney general, didn’t qualify for the June primary ballot.

Candidates needed 10,000 signatures from registered voters, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. Smith didn’t meet the requirements, said John Whitbeck, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

That means the other GOP contender, Richmond lawyer John Adams, will face Attorney General Mark R. Herring, a Democrat seeking re-election. The general election is in November.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be the only Republican candidate for Attorney General to qualify,” Adams wrote in a fundraising email Friday. “As your nominee for Attorney General, I want to thank you for your support and urge you to get involved with our campaign as we now focus on beating Mark Herring in November.”

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