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  Voters in GOP primary to sign pledge of intent
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Nov 27, 2007 12:43pm
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News DateTuesday, November 27, 2007 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Republican Party of Virginia wants voters in the Feb. 12 GOP presidential primary to sign a pledge that they will support the party's nominee.

The state Board of Elections approved the request yesterday.

Those who wish to cast a ballot in the Republican presidential primary will have to sign a statement that says, "I, the undersigned, pledge that I intend to support the nominee of the Republican Party for president."

Republicans proposed a similar pledge for the 2000 presidential primary. The election board allowed one that called for voters to say they would not participate in another party's nominating process.

Democrats also will hold a presidential primary Feb. 12. Virginia doesn't require party registration, so voters can participate in either primary -- but only in one.

"The pledge is only as good as the person who signs it," said state Republican Party spokesman Shaun Kenney. "It is a statement of intent that at the moment your intent is to support the Republican nominee."

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