Ralph Northam wins nomination; GOP race too close to call

But despite a huge financial disadvantage and the general impression he was a clown running a circus-like campaign, Prince William County supervisor Corey Stewart threw a big scare into Gillespie and other Virginia Republicans by very narrowly missing an upset win against the front-runner.

Months before his opponent even entered the race, Northam sewed up everything that usually decides intra-left state primaries - the endorsements of all of Virginia's major Democratic officials, backing from the state's biggest donors, and the support of its most powerful interest groups.

Coasting to a surprisingly easy win for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam heads into the fall election with an unexpected boost: Ed Gillespie's hard - and perhaps disputed - Republican victory, one viewed as fresh evidence of candidate-crippling discord within the GOP over President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as the best candidate to take on President Donald Trump.

The Democratic primary contest has been a hard fought battle between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the state party establishment's favorite, and insurgent candidate Tom Perriello.

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 Republican nomination for lieutenant governor went to Jill Vogel, who held off a push from Bryce Reeves.

Virginia law does not have automatic recounts, but a candidate is allowed to request one if there is no more than 1 percent difference in the total votes cast for the top two candidates (unless one is a write-in), according to the Virginia Department of Elections, which notes that an apparent losing candidate can not request a recount until after the election is certified.

All six Virginia House of Delegates incumbents who were facing a primary challenger are headed to the November general election.

The victor in November will succeed incumbent Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is barred by term limits from running again.

If Northam's victory is any indication - and that too will be up for debate - then Democrats might be wise not to bank on "the resistance" for too much, at least when they're vying for the support of their own party's rank-and-file. Virginia, once a Republican bulwark in presidential polls, has gone Democratic in three straight elections.

Justin Fairfax, an attorney from northern Virginia, has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

The general election will take place November 7.

"I am so thankful to the people of Virginia for this vote of confidence in our vision for the future of the Commonwealth". The final tally on Tuesday was about 537,000, almost 70 percent of the electorate in last year's presidential primary. Gillespie's concession speech was remarkably happy, and Republicans learned that he was a strong political contender against Democrats. Vogel occasionally bucks her party on votes in the Senate and has said her top priorities would be creating jobs and making Virginia more economically competitive.

And Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, played it down the middle. But in a way, the vote for lieutenant governor can be seen as a party nominating a gubernatorial hopeful in waiting. Wagner, a longtime state senator from Virginia Beach, has positioned himself as the pro-business, common sense conservative in the race who's interested in getting the economy moving above all else. State Sen. Frank Wagner, the third wheel, hasn't made much of an impression during this campaign, nor has he brought in much cash.

While Perriello may have embraced the party's progressive, populist mantle more than Northam, there are few gaps between the two when it comes to policy.

Recommended News

  • Residents Being Evacuated from Burning Building in London

    Residents Being Evacuated from Burning Building in London

    He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance. Residents said the blaze appeared to start in an apartment on a lower floor and spread upward quickly.
    Mbappe drops telling hint on future; responds to Real Madrid talk

    Mbappe drops telling hint on future; responds to Real Madrid talk

    Jurgen Klopp has not been shy about his desire to strengthen Liverpool's attacking line ahead of the upcoming season. I feel the same about Lacazette. "I'm under contract, I'm not free".

    Jeff Sessions hearing on Russia, Comey

    Sessions' testimony suggested that it would be on Comey to shut down inappropriate discussions with Trump. Mr Sessions - like every government employee - has an obligation to answer to the oversight of Congress.
  • Messi, Neymar and Barcelona congratulate NBA champions Warriors

    In last year's championship series the Cavs roared back from a 3-1 deficit to spoil the Warriors' record-setting 73-win season. Coach Steve Kerr cried. "And it's fantastic to see a superstar who sacrifices, who doesn't care about nothing but the group".

    Assassin's Creed: Origins Is Leaking Everywhere

    Since then, Microsoft has made 9 GB of GDDR5 RAM available for games so let's see how that impacts Assassin's Creed Origins . God of War: Sony announced the God of War reboot at E3 last year and the game seems to be the center of attention this year.

    Kevin Durant sends love to Rihanna after Warriors win title

    But it was Durant, who left Oklahoma City for Oakland at the end of last season, who carried the team . Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don't show any signs of slowing down.
  • Jeff Sessions Testifies About The Russia Investigation

    There are none, Sen. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it". Rodman is one of few people to have met both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump .
    Eskom board chairman Ben Ngubane resigns

    Eskom board chairman Ben Ngubane resigns

    The National Union of Mineworkers welcomed Ngubane's resignation and called on the utility's remaining board members to also step down.

    Warriors beat Cavaliers to win title

    During the trophy ceremony, Kerr said, "I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff". The first-time title victor scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
  • China reasserts hard line on Taiwan after Panama's switch

    China reasserts hard line on Taiwan after Panama's switch

    East Asia and Pacific: Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Tuvalu. Of the countries that still have ties, Panama has the largest economy.

    US college student released by North Korea arrives in Ohio

    His four past trips in 2013 and 2014 generated a storm of publicity, most of it unfavorable, and did little in terms of diplomacy. US officials last had consular access to Warmbier on March 2, 2016, through the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, Nauert said.

    Xbox One X Comes as the Most Powerful Console Nowadays

    Speaking to Eurogamer , Spencer was asked whether he is anxious about the Xbox One X costing $100 (£78) more than the PS4 Pro . Phil Spencer has been outspoken in the past about his dislike of "console wars", and today he reiterated that stance.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.