Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Ed Gillespie Appears To Eke Out Win In Virginia's Republican Gubernatorial Primary

Kenny Thornton | 19 June, 2017, 14:07

Northam's campaign ran a more traditional campaign focused heavily on his biography - rural upbringing, army veteran, pediatric neurologist - as well as his endorsements from key progressive groups that make up the Democratic base such as teachers and abortion-rights groups. His pitch to voters is emotional, saying Trump's victory signaled a new moment in American politics and a more progressive pushback is needed.

He will face the victor of the Republican primary between former Republican National Committee Ed Gillespie, former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart and state Sen. However, despite much excitement surrounding Perriello, and a lead in at least one poll, Northam emerged victorious. Perriello's last-minute entry into the race earlier this year forced Northam to ratchet up his campaign much sooner than expected to take on Perriello's challenge from his left flank.

Perriello made a surprise entrance into the race in January and faced an uphill climb from the beginning.

State legislators Glenn Davis, Bryce Reeves and Jill Vogel are vying for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination, while Democrats Susan Platt, Glenn Rossi and Justin Fairfax are seeking the Democratic nod.

Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has spoken out against moves to remove Confederate monuments from city streets and has advocated deporting all illegal immigrants upon arrest.

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 was joined by current Governor Terry McAuliffe at his victory party in Arlington. "I trust his dedication to all Virginians", Lee said of Northam.

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Sitting Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam easily defeated former Rep. Tom Perriello and former Senate candidate Ed Gillespie defeated challenger Corey Stewart in the Virginia primary races held Tuesday evening. Now, whether or not Stewart supporters will turn out for Gillespie in November is a critical question.

"Virginia is going to be the match that sparks a progressive wildfire that spreads across the country".

Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was expected to win the GOP primary by a wide margin - the result of Trump's growing disapproval and a signal that insurgent candidates could be losing political ground. Incumbent Democrat Mark Herring and Republican lawyer John Adams ran unopposed.

Turnout was about 12 percent through late afternoon in Northern Virginia - that's slightly higher than the 10 percent turnout typically seen in Virginia's off-year governor's contests.

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.

Local Democrats had been showering Northam with support during his campaign, with every member of the state legislature endorsing him. Republican Ed Gillespie, who had led by double digits in polling, won by slightly more than 1 percent. He's accused Gillespie of trying to mislead voters with unrealistic promises to cut taxes as governor, while calling for a gas tax increase himself to pay for transportation projects. Looking at county-level maps of the two races, Perriello's campaign manager, Brennan Gilmore, noted that his candidate-whose old congressional district included a rural area around Charlottesville-won numerous same interior counties as Stewart.

"We have changed the conversation here in Virginia and elevated the voices of those who have been left out of the political conversation for too long", Perriello said, pointing specifically to his calls for a $15 minimum wage and a "clean energy future" that doesn't include new natural-gas pipelines.

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