Sunday, June 2, 2013

Want To Stop Ken Cuccinelli? Vote For Aneesh Chopra

The Virginia Democratic primary is on Tuesday, June 11. If you want to make sure Ken Cuccinelli's Virginia Taliban don't take over the state, vote for Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor. Don't vote for Ralph Northam.

This isn't about Chopra's merits or Northam's flaws. It's a matter of Senate arithmetic. Right now, the Senate is evenly split, 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans, and the Lieutenant Governor breaks ties. That's why the job matters so much in this election cycle.

But Northam is already in the Senate. If he wins the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor, and then wins the general election, he'll have to give up his senate seat. There'll be a special election to replace him, and there's no guarantee that another Democrat will win it. If a Republican wins, then the Republicans will have a 21-19 majority in the Senate, and the Democratic Lieutenant Governor won't get many ties to break.

You don't have to be a registered Democrat to vote in the primary - there's no such thing. It's an open primary. Any registered Virginia voter can show up and vote.