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Conservative Trump Supporter Narrowly Loses Virginia Primary

Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 20:45

Mr. Gillespie had the backing of all the state's high-profile Republicans and had a major cash advantage. The political consultant had 152,488 votes (43.6 percent) to Stewart's 149,458 votes (42.73percent) as of 9:40 p.m., when 96 percent of all precincts had reported. State Sen. Frank Wagner was on course to finish a distant third. "But it's still up to the whole party to prove that our candidates are for all Virginians".

But many Democrats voted pragmatically, wanting to choose someone with the most time in state government. She's said her top priorities would be creating jobs and making Virginia more economically competitive.

Interestingly, though, neither Northam nor Perriello is as true-blue Democrat as the campaign might have led voters to believe. Felty, a 48-year-old surgical assistant, said a GOP victory in Virginia would wrestle back the "narrative being touted in the mainstream media that the Democrats are gaining traction" under Trump.

"People ask me, 'Ralph, are you going to keep doing what Governor McAuliffe is doing?' I say, 'Damn right I am, ' " Northam said as the crowd roared.

Even before the primary, the Virginia election emerged as a swing-state referendum on Trump, who was defeated here by Hillary Clinton last November by 5 percentage points and remains deeply unpopular.

"It is time for us to get back on offense and stop playing so many defenses", he said, the AP reported.

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.

His primary victory would suggest that Virginia, though next door to Washington, D.C., still makes a distinction between national and state politics.

While Stewart was all-in with Trump, Wagner based his run on his 25 years of experience in the General Assembly - a strategy that defied the anti-establishment fervor that accompanied Trump's rise.


The lieutenant governor is a part-time position that involves presiding over the state Senate and breaking tied votes.

The victor on the Democrat side, Ralph Northam, notes that as lieutenant governor, he cast tie-breaking votes to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in state government; to repeal the "infamous and medically unnecessary" mandate requiring an ultrasound before abortion; and to raise the minimum wage for all working Virginians.

Northam has been critical of some of Perriello's promises, like raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for social programs, saying they aren't realistic in a state where Republicans control the legislature. Jill Holtzmann Vogel (Fauquier) had a slight lead over fellow state Sen.

There's no primary for Virginia's other statewide elected office, attorney general. That's the type of enthusiasm Democrats have been banking on to build a midterm election backlash to Trump, and the 2017 Virginia race will be a critical test of whether or not they can do that. "It starts tonight. This is just the beginning", Fairfax said in a statement.

"This November, the voters of Virginia will send a strong message to Donald Trump by electing Ralph Northam as their next governor".

Republican Bob Thomas, a Stafford County supervisor, won a three-way primary race in the 28th District.

That lack of enthusiasm may have affected turnout. And turnout in the Democratic primary far outpaced the Republican side.

Democratic legislative candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy, vying for a Republican-held seat in the state of Viriginia's House of Delegates, is shown in this handout provided June 3, 2017. "We are going to carry it through into 2018", he said.

Harry, another voter who declined to give his last name, said he voted for Mr. Northam because of that ad.

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