Ralph Northam wins Democratic nomination for governor

Democrats didn't initially think they'd have a primary contest until former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello announced his surprise bid against Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in January.

The most recent Washington Post/George Mason University poll conducted in mid-May had Perriello up by two percentage points, though that fell within the margin of error, and another poll conducted around the same time showed Northam leading by 10 percentage points. Former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie has a surprisingly narrow lead on local county board supervisor Corey Stewart, who has run a campaign heavy on Confederate nostalgia.

"Well, we are counting on you, trust me", Perriello said. "I trust his dedication to all Virginians", Lee said of Northam. A spate of Democrats are running, hoping to start clawing back some of the almost 1,000 legislative seats lost nationwide under Democratic President Barack Obama. And bashing Trump. Scott also reviews an and from Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Susan Platt. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. A very low turnout helps Northam, whose supporters are significantly older than Perriello's.

Mr. Perriello finished the campaign Monday with a series of stops in Northern Virginia, including a final rally with Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of slain United States Army Captain Humayun Khan, and who became a major critic of Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.

The race for lieutenant governor has drawn much less attention to date, and voters are likely still lacking in much knowledge about the candidates.

Perriello broke free from Northam in the latest poll, earning 54 percent compared to Northam's 46 percent support. But that hasn't stopped him from embracing the President, his policies and his persona while reminding primary voters of Gillespie's careful maneuvering around Trump. He says all those miles have given him a broader understanding of the state and what he says should be the singular focus of the next lieutenant governor - jobs. Virginia, once a Republican bulwark in presidential polls, has gone Democratic in three straight elections. They're just really good at talking about themselves.

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At a canvass staging center in the Arlington neighborhood of Columbia Pike, McAuliffe seemed to take a swing at Perriello's outsider challenge and the notion that Virginia needs a new breed of progressives to shake up the establishment. McAuliffe is barred by state law from seeking a second consecutive term, but the election of Northam would be a mark of affirmation of his record. Sanders and Warren have formally endorsed Perriello in this race, though Obama has not.

We're joining Senator Bernie Sanders and endorsing Tom for his bold stand against two fracked natural gas pipelines, the Atlantic Coast pipeline and the Mountain Valley pipeline.

"Ralph is a better fit for Virginia", said McDaniel, 35. "We are going to carry it through into 2018", he said. He's made immigration a top campaign issues as well, vowing full support for Trump's policies and promising to deport any undocumented immigrant who is arrested "no questions asked".

The Democratic vote is dicier.

"I care a lot about the future of Virginia", Gillespie told a crowd Saturday at a Taste of India festival in the Richmond suburb of Chester, after wolfing down a plate of what appeared to be chicken tikka masala and tandoori. "That's why I'm running for the office".

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