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Your candiate primer for the June 12 GOP Senate primary

By Jeb Inge -- jinge@nvdaily.com

On June 12, voters will choose between four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. The winner of the nomination will then vie with former governor Tim Kaine for the seat being left vacant by retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Webb.

Below is basic information about each of the four GOP hopefuls. This is the first in a series of posts aimed to help voters differentiate between the candidates and to help them make better-informed decisions in the voting booth.

George Allen

Hometown: Mount Vernon

Education: University of Virginia '74, UVA Law '77

Background: Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (58th district) from 1983 to 1991; U.S. Representative (7th district) from 1991 to 1993; governor from 1994 to 1998; U.S. Senator from 2001 to 2007

Endorsements: U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; The National Rifle Association; Reclaiming Freedom PAC; Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; American Conservative Union PAC; Virginia conservative blog "Bearing Drift"

Family: Married with three children

Religious affiliation: Presbyterian


E.W. Jackson

Hometown: Chesepeake

Education: University of Massachusetts Boston '75; Harvard Law '78

Background: Head pastor at Chesapeake-based Exodus Faith Ministries; political commentator; former syndicated host of "Earl Jackson Across America"; member of the Chesapeake Police Advisory Board; trustee of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; trustee for Lead Hampton Roads; United States Marine Corps

Endorsements: Chip Tarbutton, president of the Roanoke Tea Party; Tripp Godsey, former state senate candidate

Family: Married with three children

Religious affiliation: nondenominational Christian


Bob Marshall

Hometown: Manassas

Education: Montgomery College; Belmont Abbey College; California State University

Background: Virginia House of Delegates (13th district) from 1992 to present; Prince William County advisory committee

Endorsements: United States Border Control organization

Family: Married with five children

Religions affiliation: Roman Catholic


Jamie Ratdke

Hometown: Richmond

Education: Liberty University '95; College of William and Mary '98

Background: President of Richmond Tea Party and Chairwoman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots; Political and grassroots director for Virginia Conservative Action PAC; political commentator

Key endorsements: Virginia conservative Richard Viguerie, Numerous Virginia tea party organizations

Family: Married with three children

Religious affiliation: Baptist

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