RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Republican Party of Virginia finally agreed on a method to pick nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, settling on a May 8 convention with up to 37 remote voting locations after months of interparty battles over a nominating process.
The Virginia GOP’s governing body, the Republican State Central Committee, drew intense criticism from local party leaders and Virginia’s past Republican governors in the months before a final deal was reached Friday.
The committee voted Friday to allow up to 37 polling locations across the commonwealth for delegates to use, going away from a single-site convention which was deemed unfeasible. A ranked-choice voting system will be utilized for the convention.
The deal was reached less than two months before the convention is set to take place. A Republican candidate has not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009.