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President Barack Obama carried the former Republican stronghold of Virginia for the second time in 2012, a seemingly unbelievable achievement given declarations by the state's staunchly conservative pols that he be tried for treason, questioning his faith and place of birth.
To the glee of many Democrats, Virginia Republicans selected tea party firebrand E.W. Jackson to run in the gubernatorial race alongside Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) over the weekend. Jackson, the nominee for lieutenant governor, has recenty taken a beating in the press for many of his previous remarks -- including calling the Constitution’s original clause to count blacks as three-fifths of a person an “anti-slavery amendment," and the time he fought efforts to desegregate public housing developments in Boston.
A new web video released by American Bridge, a Democratic Super PAC, on Thursday seeks to tie the two men together in what it calls a ticket "too extreme for Virginia," highlighting their controversial and outside-the-mainstream positions over the years.