In an enthusiastic and boisterous Richmond Coliseum on May 17-18 Republicans nominated a team the Richmond-Times Dispatch said “cements the Tea Party’s takeover of the state GOP apparatus.” With Ken Cuccinelli for governor to enthusiastic support from all parts of the Party, Sen. Mark Obenshain for Attorney General was added after the first ballot when Del. Rob Bell withdrew his bid in a demonstration of unity. The Lt. Governor candidate needed four ballots to determine the winner from the seven contenders. This was a long drawn out process as each ballot required about two hours to process. In the end, E. W. Jackson won in a surprise upset victory as the crowd was obviously moved by his strong oratory and emphasis on liberty and limited government, music to Tea Partiers’ ears. The VA Tea Party Patriots Federation had endorsed Corey Stewart but were pleased that their top three candidates ended up being the three final candidates. vapolitics.us is a good link for more info on the convention.