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Republicans in Virginia have responded to President Obama winning their state twice by nominating a trio of the nation’s most extreme right-wingers for statewide office. Joining their nominee for governor, state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, is state senator Mark Obenshain, nominee for attorney general, and E.W. Jackson, nominee for lieutenant governor.

All three men represent the farthest right of their party, but Jackson’s comically ridiculous attacks on the president have made him a celebrity in the right-wing circles.

Jackson appeared on the Victoria Jackson Show last year, where told the former SNL star that “the idea that Barack Obama is a Christian is laughable.”

Apparently Virginia’s GOP felt it was their job to find the most openly anti-gay and anti-Obama candidate alive.

As a candidate for U.S. Senate last year, he made an extraordinarily popular campaign video in which he suggested African-Americans were slaves to the Democratic Party.

And he’s often suggested that the president sees the world from a Muslim point of view.

Virginia may be a swing state in presidential election years, but Republicans must think they can win by just turning out the basest of their base in 2013.

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(h/t BlueVirginia)

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