Northam wins Democratic nomination for Va. governor

Ashley Carr
June 14, 2017

On the Democratic side in the governor's race, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam entered the stretch with a good bankroll. Stewart would have had a much better chance of winning his party's nomination if the Virginia GOP had made a decision to have a party convention rather than a primary. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is favored.

If elected, Vogel would be the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and would also end Virginia's more than two-decade streak without a woman in statewide elected office. New Jersey had its gubernatorial primary last week, and establishment candidates in both parties won easily.

A Washington Post poll in mid-May showed a very close race between the two Democrats with Perriello ahead 40 percent to 38 percent for Northam. Gillespie, who founded one of the capital's premier influence firms, has been much closer to the Paul Ryan, pro-immigration reform wing of the party.

"I'm really upset with the way our political process is going, and I want to try to make it right", Richard Berdel said. Tom Perriello, a former congressman running for governor in Virginia, embodies the idea that "Hillary or Bernie" is a false choice, and if he wins it could signal that the broader party is on the way to accepting that idea too.

Backed by virtually every Virginia Democrat in state and federal office - including outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sens.

"I stay out of politics", said Delores Lee, a 46-year-old Richmond resident who thinks it's impossible for state politicians to get anything substantive done. But even as he attracted national interest, securing endorsements from Sanders and Sen.

Republican voters in Loudoun were essentially split among Gillespie and Stewart, with the former winning the county by just 195 votes out of more than 11,000 cast.

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While Perriello is trying to use the clout of his buddies in D.C., the last we checked he was polling about even with Democratic competitor Ralph Northam.

Northam, a well-liked pediatric neurologist, had a head start on the trail and in money raised.

Boyd Walker is a Perriello supporter who's a leader in the local Democratic Party in Alexandria.

Rob Manch is up in Arlington, Virginia, at the watch party for Northam, who's received endorsements from U.S. Sens.

Perriello has apologized for an anti-abortion amendment he voted for in Congress, and has distanced himself from his past praise of the National Rifle Association.

The 31st District race has Elizabeth Guzman and Sara Townsend seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican L. Scott LIngamfelter in November. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and McAuliffe, who can not seek a consecutive term in office. Perriello is running a more liberal campaign, promising to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for social programs. He's also a Trump critic, having called him a "narcissistic maniac".

Although the Democratic contest garnered the most pre-election attention, Gillespie's narrow victory against former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart provided the night's biggest surprise. Gillespie and Stewart say they want to cut the state's income tax rates. Stewart has tried to overcome his campaign's financial disadvantage by continually courting controversy, notably with a full-throated defense of Virginia's Confederate history and monuments. Wagner has emphasized his experience as a businessman, military veteran and longtime lawmaker. Gillespie is facing two challengers for the party nomination.

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