Northam beats back Perriello in Democratic primary race

However, the battle between Northam and Perriello was not the only noteworthy development for liberals - grassroots anti-Trump fervor also led to an unprecedented number of Democrats wrangling for seats in Virginia's House of Delegates. That is to say, the number or Republicans who came out to vote in today's primary (363K) was dwarfed by the turnout during the 2016 Primary when Trump won with 356K votes with a total of over 1 million Republicans coming out.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

Gillespie will face Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the general election.

Northam faced former Rep. Tom Perriello in the primary.

"I would like to congratulate Ed Gillespie on securing the Republican nomination and moving one step closer towards becoming Virginia's next governor", said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in an official statement.

Stewart is chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

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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.

Northam will face the victor of Tuesday's Republican primary in the general election race to succeed incumbent Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, barred by term limits from running again. And in the past decade, both Republicans and Democrats have managed to keep their party pretty organized when it comes to primaries with as little dispute as possible, or running a convention as was the case with the GOP back in 2013 when Ken Cuccinelli lost to our current Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart, with his wife Maria, left, speaks at his election watch party in Woodbridge, Va., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. "I trust his dedication to all Virginians", Lee said of Northam.

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.

Gillespie's strength in Fairfax County seemed to be providing the edge as final returns came trickling in. "We've been backing down too long in defense of our culture, and our heritage and our country".

Edward Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, won Virginia's GOP primary for governor, the state's Department of Elections has confirmed.

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Kevin Felty, a Norfolk Republican, said he voted for Gillespie because of his fundraising prowess in what's likely to be a bloody general campaign.

Mr. Trump's shadow hung over both primaries, with Democratic voters in Alexandria saying they were physically repulsed by Mr. Trump and applauding Mr. Northam for labeling him a "narcissistic maniac" in one of his closing campaign ads.

"If Donald Trump didn't carry the state of Virginia, I don't know how Corey is going to", she said. Jill Vogel eked out a narrow win over state Sen.

Meanwhile, Democrats were on pace to have record turnout in their primary for a non-presidential year contest, according to the University of Virginia's Center for Politics' Geoffrey Skelley. Gillespie ran largely on pocketbook issues, like lowering the state income tax rate, but kept Trump at arm's length.

But Gillespie, apparently trying to conserve resources and cement his frontrunner status, had avoided appearances with his campaign rivals in recent weeks, preferring smaller, more controlled settings.

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