Virginia GOP set for wild, unpredictable convention

Tens of thousands of Virginia Republicans will head to community colleges, church parking lots and county fairgrounds on Saturday to choose nominees in what activists and officials say remains an unpredictable battle for the near-term future of a party that has not won a statewide election in a dozen years.

For the candidates vying for the right to run for governor under the Republican banner, the divergent options they present to voters is less about how to move on from former President Donald Trump a year after his ignominious defeat — by a ten point margin in Virginia, a former swing state — than it is about what package can best sell a post-Trump, pro-Trump Republican Party.