a virginia gubernatorial hopeful can’t seem to resist all things confederate

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corey stewart, a northern virginia politician running for the republican gubernatorial nomination, has hit on a novel campaign strategy. rather than wait for primary voters to select his running mate, he’s anointed one right out of the gate: the confederate battle flag.mr. stewart, who chairs the prince william board of county supervisors, grew up in minnesota but can’t seem to resist the flag, confederate statues and any other symbol of the confederacy he can coopt. they have become his constant companions as he campaigns across the old dominion. some virginians cherish the symbols as badges of tradition, but to many americans they equate to a celebration or at least a tolerance of slavery.for now, mr. stewart’s embrace of symbols regarded by many as racist has gained him little traction; polls show him in second place in the gop contest, at some distance behind the front-runner, political strategist ed gillespie. mr. stewart’s confederate strategy has caused him some collateral damage, including the loss of the support of prince william’s sheriff, glendell hill, a longtime ally who could not stomach what he called “all that confederate stuff” — recently, including......

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