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VIRGINIA BRIEFING

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The 6 p.m. meeting is at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave.

GOP PRIMARY

Loyalty Oath Will Be Required

Voters in Virginia's Feb. 12 Republican presidential primary will have to sign an oath swearing loyalty to the eventual GOP ticket. But there is no way to enforce it, because a voter's actions in a booth are secret.

The State Board of Elections has approved a state Republican Party request that all who apply for a GOP primary ballot vow in writing to vote for the Republican presidential nominee next fall.

Voters in Virginia do not register by party. Since the mid-1990s, the state's Republicans have fretted that Democrats might meddle in their primaries, which are open to all registered voters.

-- Associated Press


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