Former Democratic rep to run for Virginia governor: report

Former Democratic rep to run for Virginia governor: report
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Former Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D) will run for governor of the state in what could be one of the highest-profile elections of 2017, The New York Times reports

Perriello, who served in the House from 2009 to 2011 and is a friend of President Obama, could potentially end up challenging Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, the party's favored candidate, in the Democratic primary. 


According to the Times, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) hoped to clear the field for Northam so he would have a head start in fundraising and organization over Republicans vying for their party's nomination. 

Perriello is more progressive, while Northam is more of a moderate Democrat. 

On the Republican side, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie remains the front-runner for the nomination. 

But he faces challenges from Corey Stewart, who served as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's campaign chairman in Virginia, and state Sen. Frank Wagner.