Northam wins Democratic nomination for governor

Northam wins Democratic nomination for governor

Nohe believes Stewart will also have a key role to play in uniting the party to move it toward the general election.

Northam wound up handily defeating former U.S. congressman Tom Perriello, a more liberal insurgent challenger supported by prominent national Democrats such as senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as the best candidate to take on Trump.

"Perriello had a lot of support from national players, whether it was Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or members of the Obama team", Chambers said.

Northam, a usually low-key pediatric neurologist, won running as a pragmatist with state's Democratic establishment's firm support.

Northam will be competing against Ed Gillespie, who won the Republican gubernatorial primary, for the November general election.

"It is time for us to get back on offense and stop playing so much defense", he said.

Fairfax said his message resonated with people who oppose Trump's policies and said he feels confident as he turns toward campaigning for the general election.

Virginia is one of two states electing governors this year, and the race is testing the enthusiasm of the electorate in both parties in the wake of Trump's victory.

The Associated Press declared Northam the victor just after 8 p.m. eastern.

Democratic Governors Association Chairman Dan Malloy of CT, meanwhile, said in a statment that Northam would "continue Governor McAuliffe's work of growing the economy, fighting for the middle class and protecting Virginians' health care".

"Clearly he has a large base of followers, and they'll be looking for leadership, and I hope he'll rally them behind Ed". "I trust his dedication to all Virginians", Lee said of Northam. "He cares for everyone".

Northam faced former Rep. Tom Perriello in the primary.

The Virginia gubernatorial primary on Tuesday delivered good news for Democrats and an ominous warning for the Trump-ized GOP.

Perriello pledged in his concession speech to help Northam and said his campaign had shown that a "movement" is "rising up".

"This fight will continue, and I'll continue to fight as long as you'll fight with me", Stewart told a roaring crowd of several dozen supporters. Democrats caught up in anti-Trump fervor say they want to pick up enough seats to take over the majority, but that will be a tough task. Frank Wagner, a senator in the commonwealth's legislature, trailed in third place. "I commend him, and we agreed that we're going to bring all Democrats under the tent starting tonight". "We're all in this together", he said.

Stewart, at his own Woodbridge election night event, characterized the race as "too close to call". Obama, whose speech on behalf of Perriello's unsuccessful 2010 campaign featured in most of the former congressman's ads, stayed neutral himself.

The certified winners of Tuesday's primary will go on to the general election on November 7, which will include Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra.

"I am running for governor to take back Virginia from the establishment and political elites in Richmond", conservative Republican candidate Corey Stewart said on his campaign website.

Under Virginia election law, you can only choose and vote on one party's ballot.

Winchester State Sen. Jill Vogel won a three-way race for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination, with 42.8 percent of the vote, to 40 percent for Bryce Reeves and 17.2 percent for Glenn Davis.

On the Republican side, front-runner Ed Gillespie, a moderate Washington insider, is trying to fend off under-funded but spirited campaigns from avid Trump supporter Corey Stewart and state Sen.

"The party is moving on", said D.J. Jordan, vice chairman of Prince William's Republican committee.

"I'm shocked", said Nancy Russell, who was Hanover County chairwoman when Gillespie ran for Senate in 2014. Democrats in the region drove the higher turnout and also had more reason to head to the polls than Republican voters with seven contested House of Delegates primaries in addition to competitive races for lieutenant governor and governor.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the lieutenant governor cleared Perriello's total by over 60,000 votes, besting him 56 to 44 percent.

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