Republican candidates focus on economy, regulations

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The four Republican candidates for Virginia governor are promising to jumpstart the state’s lackluster economic growth by reducing regulations and cutting taxes.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, state Sen. Frank Wagner and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie are seeking the Republican nomination. The four spoke to business leaders and public policy officials at an economic forum Friday in Williamsburg hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation.

Wittman appeared by video from Washington.

The winner of the primary is likely to face Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the only Democratic candidate in the race.

All four Republicans focused on the economy, saying they would make the state friendlier to small businesses.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot run again because Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms.