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3 Virginia Republicans, Libertarian battle for nomination, hoping to unseat Sen. Tim Kaine

The four Republican candidates. (ABC7)

In-person absentee voting in Virginia for the 2018 primaries is under way ahead of the main event, one week from today.

In 2016, most Americans thought Democratic Senator Tim Kaine was going to be the next vice president.

But when Donald Trump was elected, that trajectory came to a screeching halt. Now he’s running to keep his seat in the Senate.

Four Republicans are lining up to win their party's nomination, hoping to unseat Kaine:

  • Corey Stewart is a lawyer and chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors;
  • E.W. Jackson is a lawyer, radio host, and a Chesapeake pastor;
  • State Delegate Nick Freitas of Culpeper, a former Green Beret, was elected to the 30th district in 2016;
  • Matt Waters, of Newport News, is a consultant and a Libertarian.

Whoever wins the primary will have to take on Kaine’s name recognition and money. A month before the primary, the incumbent had more than $10 million in his campaign account, way more than all the other candidates combined.

The primary is on June 12.

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