GOP hopefuls for Virginia governor show varied debate styles

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Posted: Apr 13, 2017 8:28 PM
GOP hopefuls for Virginia governor show varied debate styles

Three Republicans vying to be governor of Virginia are showing markedly different styles ahead of the June primary.

At a candidate debate Thursday at Liberty University, frontrunner Ed Gillespie largely ignored attacks from his opponents and focused his pitch on improving the state's economy.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, positioned him as a politically incorrect fighter who would curb illegal immigration.

And State Sen. Frank Wagner said he was the only candidate with the know-how and courage to fix the state's real problems, including a need to raise the state's gas tax to pay for transportation projects.

Virginia and New Jersey are the only states set to elect new governors this year and the high-profile contests could provide a window into Trump's popularity.