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Virginia Republicans at odds - and throats - in Trump era

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By ALAN SUDERMAN
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The vicious tenor of the 2016 GOP presidential primary is being matched by Virginia's raucous congressional primaries.

In primaries for the U.S. House and the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Kaine, there's been a near constant stream of complaints of below-the-belt attacks or shady campaigning.

Some candidates bemoan the negative tone while others say it's not a problem.

Senate hopeful Corey Stewart said voters are drawn to candidates like President Donald Trump who are willing to attack opponents directly instead of through surrogates.

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