Virginia conservatives go far right in lieutenant governor nominee

Republican Party activists in Virginia nominated over the weekend the firebrand conservative E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor to run on the ticket alongside Ken Cuccinelli.

Jackson’s made a name for himself, calling homosexuals “perverted” and “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” Just a couple of years ago, Jackson called the Constitution’s three-fifths compromise an “anti-slavery” amendment.

Might this doom the Virginia Republican Party’s effort to keep the executive mansion? A Quinnipiac poll out just over a week ago showed Democratic hopeful Terry McAuliffe beating Cuccinelli by 5 percentage points, but a Washington Post poll out a week earlier showed Cuccinnelli up by 10 points.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Slate political reporter Dave Weigel to discuss the story.

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