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Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor square off in primary on Tuesday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Next Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to pick the down ballot statewide candidates for the Democratic ticket.

Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam hope to replace Bill Bolling as Lt. Governor. Both have impressive resumes but are from very different backgrounds. They hope their individual combination of experience will be what Democratic voters are looking for.

Northam is a State Senator, a pediatric neurologist and a man with a wealth of experience in elected politics.

"I've been in the Senate," said Northam. "I know how to get things done."

Chopra has never held elective office, but he has served at the side of Governor Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama. He hopes his background in high tech could play a big role in bringing jobs to Virginia.

"The next four years, the Commonwealth is going to face some big choices about what the economy will look like over the next 40," said Chopra.

Just which message resonates with Democratic voters will be tough to tell. With as little as two percent turnout expected, both sides are tailoring their message in a very specific way.

Northam helped push through major laws, like the statewide ban on smoking in public places. He is pushing his medical experience and his defense of women's rights.

"There is just no reason that legislators, most of whom are men, should be telling women what they should and shouldn't be doing with their bodies," he said.

Chopra wants to build on the 40 different initiatives he has helped to implement during the Kaine administration that are not traditional but he believes have tremendous potential.

"I have this pragmatic, progressive mindset with a portfolio of results," said Chopra. "You don't have to just take my word for it."

Not much separates the two on the big issues of the day, so experience will play a major role in which way Democrats will go - a decision we will know Tuesday night.

The winner will face off against Republican E.W. Jackson in the fall general election.

You can see our complete interviews with both candidates on DecisionVirginia.com.

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