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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Republican Party, now under tea party control, will gavel its convention to order Friday and is preparing to formalize Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial nomination and decide its two other statewide candidates.
Cuccinelli, the state's conservative attorney general, is unopposed for the GOP nomination when as many as 13,000 delegates cast ballots Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum. The gathering comes as Cuccinelli and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell are facing scrutiny over their ties to a Virginia food supplements maker who lavished gifts on both.
Seven Republicans are vying for the party's mantle in the lieutenant governor's race, and that's a decision that's likely to require three ballots to resolve.
The convention will also choose between Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle and state Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg as its attorney general nominee.